Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

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.

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook updated

Image courtesy of NOAA

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.

Get more information on hurricanes and hurricane preparedness.

Heat Advisory Today; Excessive Heat Watch on Saturday

Heat Advisory

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.

Deadline Approaching for Chaplaincy Corps Applications

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.
Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC 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.

Get more information on the FCCC Corps.

Service Related Issues with Text to 9-1-1 Have Been Resolved

Posted at 11:10 a.m.

The service related issues with text to 9-1-1 experienced by the national provider on Friday, Aug. 5, have been resolved and texting services are available at Fairfax County’s 9-1-1 Center.

Learn more about text to 9-1-1 in Fairfax County.

Text to 9-1-1 in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Experiencing Service Related Issues with Text to 9-1-1

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

A national provider who delivers texts to 9-1-1 to Fairfax County is experiencing service related issues. If you text 9-1-1 and it does not go through, please call 9-1-1.

Hearing or visually impaired persons should consider using Virginia Relay Service.

Fairfax County will provide an update when the problem is resolved. Follow us on Twitter for updates.

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