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Tornado Warning Issued for Fairfax County Until 3:15 p.m.

Posted at 2:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Fairfax County.

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

At 2:39 p.m. EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Great Falls, or over Lowes Island, moving northeast at 40 mph.

For those in the direct path of a tornado touchdown, flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Damage to roofs, siding, and windows may occur. Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed. Tree damage is likely.

NewsCenter has details on what you should do.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch

UPDATED: 3:50 p.m.

The Tornado Watch from 3:32 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for Fairfax County has been cancelled.

Radar valid at 3:46 p.m. EDT, April 26

Posted at 2:35 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Services for the northwestern City of Fairfax and Northern Fairfax County until 3 p.m.

A Tornado Watch also remains in effect until 9 p.m. EDT for the District of Columbia, central Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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.

Should the watch turn to a warning, NewsCenter has details on what actions you should take.

More details from the National Weather Service.


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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!

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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.

Flash Flood Watch Issued in Advance of Severe Weather on Friday, April 19

Posted at 3:55 p.m.

Fairfax County is expected to encounter some severe weather throughout the afternoon and evening tomorrow Friday, April 19.  Because of the expected heavy rains, coupled with the strong winds that make flash flooding possible, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch from noon Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday morning, April 20.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Weather Forecast

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According to the NWS forecast, the expectation is two primary periods of weather. The first is likely to occur during the late morning and extend into the early afternoon. During this time, isolated thunderstorms will begin in the area and may be strong in nature. Rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half inch are possible during this first round of storms.

The main storm front is expected after 4 p.m., with the most severe weather after 8 p.m. This line of thunderstorms may be severe, with 1.5 to 2 inches of rain possible across the county. The compounding storms may result in as much as 3 inches in some isolated areas, primarily in the northwest of the county.

Along with the rains, these storms will bring high winds of 11 to 15 mph sustained and gusts as high as 30 mph. In addition, some hail is possible.

Turn Around Don’t Drown

If you encounter water on roadways, please remember — Turn Around, Don’t Drown! It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Turn Around Dont Drown Sign yellowAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water.

Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.


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County Government Closed Wednesday, Feb. 20

Posted at 4 a.m.

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices are closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will also announce county government closings.

Fairfax County Snow Guide can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/snow.