Saturday Updates on the Wind Storm
Updated at 11:35 a.m.
Good news and bad news on this Saturday morning. The good news is the worst of this wind storm is over. The bad news is it’s not quite over yet. Here are a few things to know as we start the weekend:
A Wind Advisory issued for Saturday has been cancelled. Winds today will range from 15-30 mph with gusts of 30-45 mph, strongest before noon. Winds tonight and Sunday will range from 8-18 mph with gusts of 22-38 mph. High temperatures this weekend will reach the upper 40s with lows in the low 30s.
The following facilities have schedule changes due to the weather:
- Schools – (Updated at 10:50 a.m.) Activities scheduled in Fairfax County public schools or on school grounds for Saturday and Sunday are now canceled. Closure is due to the large number of power outages at schools and downed trees on school grounds, and power outages in many neighborhoods.
- Parks and RECenters (Updated 8 p.m.) – All Park Authority programs at Fairfax County Public School locations are canceled for Sunday, March 4. In addition, Providence, South Run and Spring Hill RECenters remain closed due to power outages. The gates at Lake Accotink Park and Burke Lake Park are closed to vehicular traffic but the parks are open. We continue to evaluate our other sites and encourage you to call before going. We will update this information as needed. To report a downed tree in the parks, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tree-removal.
- Libraries – The Chantilly Regional, Dolley Madison, George Mason, Great Falls, Lorton and Martha Washington braches are all closed due to lack of power.
- Reston Community Center – RCC Hunters Woods is closed due to a power outage.
At this time, there are still approximately 90,000 reported power outages in the county. If you lose power, please report it.
- For Dominion Energy, call 1-866-366-4357 or report it online at www.dom.com/outage-center.
- For NOVEC, call 1-888-335-050 or report it online at www.novec.com/stormcenter.
Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
Downed Trees and Wires
There are plenty of reports of downed trees and wires. Here’s a comprehensive list of who to contact: http://bit.ly/2oBz3pA.
If you need to contact contractors or you insurance company about damage related to the storm, read these tips.
Information on disposing of yard debris is available here.
If your power has been out for an extended period you’ll want to assess whether the food in your refrigerator or freezer is still safe to consume.
The two major closures to be aware of now are I-95 South at the Prince William Parkway and the bridge at Old Yates Ford near the Fairfax County and Prince William County border.
And if you’re out today driving and come to an intersection without power or an officer directing traffic, treat it as a four-way stop.