Forecasters Now Expect 70 Percent Chance of 12-17 Named Storms
Posted at 9:30 a.m.
In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook — released last week — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is expected to be the most active since 2012.
Forecasters now expect a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms of which 5-8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-4 major hurricanes.
The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Posted at 11 a.m.
A heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening and an excessive heat watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.
A heat advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures is possible. Prepare for extreme temperatures and high humidity which would create a situation in which heat illnesses are expected.
The National Weather Service forecasts heat index values around 105°F (Fahrenheit). today and possibly greater than 110°F on Saturday. Temperatures today will rise to the mid to upper 90s and around 100°F tomorrow.
There is a risk of heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those who are outdoors for an extended period.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
- Drink plenty of water.
During extremely hot days, there is plenty you can do to stay cool; resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. Take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Cooling Centers.
Also, please remember — Never leave a pet or child in a parked car.
Heat stroke is an emergency — call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is affected.
Posted at 3 p.m.
The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC Corps) is in search of ordained Fairfax County resident clergy who are interested in participating in the Corps.
The deadline for applications is August 26, however, interested clergy are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The next training series begins Sept. 19.
Click here to download an application.
Chaplain candidates will participate in 50 hours of training between September and March 2017 to include two online courses and five classroom courses. FCCC Corps certification will be awarded in March 2017 upon successful training completion and candidate reviews.
The FCCC Corps provides spiritual care and pastoral crisis intervention to community members impacted by the effects of a disaster or emergency. Chaplains work as part of an emergency or disaster team under the direction of an incident commander and in cooperation with the county’s public safety agency chaplains and mental health professionals.
Posted at 12:30 p.m.
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