Friday, October 26, 2012
National Hurricane Center puts track of 'Frankenstorm' — potentially a tropical storm inside a nor'easter — a bit closer to Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland.
Update, 6:05 a.m. Saturday - Click here or the latest forecast information on Hurricane Sandy's track through Northern Virginia and Washington. ---------------- Update, 1:40 p.m. Friday As of early Friday afternoon, Hurricane Sandy had sustained winds of 80 mph — making it a Category 1 storm — as it slowly traveled north of the Bahamas. The storm is moving at just 6 mph. Saturday's weather should be cloudy with temperatures in the mid-60s. Some rain will start Saturday evening as temperatures drop into the 50s. The probability of rain increases Sunday morning (during the Marine Corps Marathon) with more wind and rain as the storm gets close Sunday afternoon. Right now, the National Hurricane Center is predicting a greater than 40 …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Some forecasters' scenarios have storm hitting Mid-Atlantic.
See Friday morning's updated weather story here. UPDATE Thursday 8:30 a.m.: Hurricane Sandy, now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mile per hour winds according to the National Hurricane Center, could impact the Northern Virginia area beginning Sunday, according to local forecasters. If the hurricane shifts close to the D.C. region, the area can expect to begin seeing showers and gusty winds beginning Sunday afternoon, according to NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. He notes the most severe weather could hit Monday into Tuesday when the area could see potential flooding, strong winds and possible power outages. Dominion Virginia Power's Twitter account this morning, responding to a customer asking if they were prepared for the possible storm…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The National Hurricane Center released its predictions for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for a "near normal" 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Dr. Robert Detrick, director of NOAA's Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, said forecasters anticipate nine to 15 named storms. Four to eight of those storms will likely become hurricanes with top winds of 74 miles per hour. One to three of those hurricanes could form major hurricanes, with top winds of 111 mph. These predictions are based on temperatures, wind shear and other factors, Detrick said. The formation of El Niño in late summer or early fall could shift these predictions to the lower end of the range, he said. Two storms have already been named before the official start on the Atlantic hurricane season—Tropical Storm …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Exempt products include cell phone chargers and fire extinguishers.
Did last summer's Tropical Storm Lee and subsequent flooding in Occoquan and Holly Acres take you by surprise? Prepare for the upcoming hurricane season with a tax holiday, recently announced by the Virginia Department of Taxation. Ahead of hurricane season's start on June 1, there will be no sales tax in Virginia from May 25 to May 31 on certain items that would be useful in the event of a hurricane. Exempt items can be seen here (PDF). While there will be no sales tax on generators and power cables that cost less than $1,000, most of the purchases must be under $60 to qualify for the sales tax holiday. Many of the eligible items have uses outside of hurricane preparation, including duct tape, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and cell…
Saturday, August 27, 2011
As the storm rolls in, residents brace for the wind and rain
We'll update with more videos throughout the day as the storm comes in.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene downgraded from a category 3 to a category 2 storm, but it could be back to a category 3 by the time it makes landfall.
Another tropical storm warning was issued for the area at 6:32 a.m. Friday as Hurricane Irene continues to roll toward the East Coast. It's with lessened intensity than Thursday night, though. Wind speeds eased and Irene was downgraded overnight to a high-end category 2 hurricane but is expected to return to a category 3 storm again later Friday, according to The Weather Channel. The NWS also issued a flash flood watch for portions of the Washington Metropolitan area and Northern Virginia. Woodbridge Forecast In Woodbridge, the National Weather Service calls for scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon today. There's a chance of thunderstorms before 11 p.m., with a 30 percent chance of precipitation all day. Tropical storm …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Impact on Northern Virginia expected Saturday-Sunday, Hurricane Center forecaster says.
Hurricane Irene is expected to "move very close to the coastline of the Mid-Atlantic states" on Sunday, with the entire East Coast feeling significant impacts, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Even though Irene should weaken from its Category 3 status after leaving North Carolina on Saturday, "it's a very large hurricane. it's not going to weaken very rapidly, and its effects are going to be felt along a very wide area," said meteorologist James Franklin, branch chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit at the Hurricane Center, in a 1 p.m. briefing on Thursday. The worst of it likely will be 3 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, News4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said. The Weather Channel predicted Thursday the Virginia …
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The storm will graze the East Coast.
Editor's Note: Update, 12 noon. Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts Massachusetts while Virginia is still under a hurricane watch. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a coastal flood advisory for Prince William County. As Hurricane Earl, currently a Category 4 storm as of 8 a.m. this morning, advances toward the Northern Virginia region, residents are being advised to prepare for inclement weather over the next few days. Following these tips provided by Ready Virginia will help keep you and your family safe as the hurricane season gets underway. Earl is expected to pass near the Outer Banks, NC tonight. Make a family emergency plan. It is important to discuss with your family the protocol during an …
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Heavy wind and rain expected once hurricane nears the East Coast.
As Hurricane Earl grows in strength, federal organizations are urging residents to be prepared for the possibility of heavy wind and rain this weekend. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent out several alert messages in the past few days warning East Coast residents to visit Ready.gov for storm preparations. Currently a hurricane watch is in effect for the North Carolina and Virginia border, but the National Hurricane Center stated, "Interests from the Carolinas northward to New England should monitor the progress of Earl. A hurricane watch could be required for portions of the Mid-Atlantic coast later today." As of 5 a.m. this morning, the National Hurricane Center deemed Earl a Category 3 storm. It is still uncertain how close…