Tornado Watch in Effect for Fairfax County Until Midnight

Posted at 2:25 p.m.

Fairfax County and most of the National Capital Region are under a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service. This is in addition to the hazardous weather outlook and flash flood warning already in effect. Read more in yesterday’s blog post about the approaching weather.

A tornado watch means that you should be prepared to take action. Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area, which are typically large areas, covering numerous counties or even states.

When a tornado watch is issued you should review and discuss your emergency plans with family and co-workers, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!


You will want to monitor the weather forecast and stay up-to-date on current conditions. In addition, sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts to get notifications on your mobile device, as well as by email.

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Should a tornado warning be issued, take action immediately. A warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.


About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.