Flood watch in effect for much of listening area

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A flood watch remains in effect for much of the listening area until 10 a.m., while a flood warning is in effect for southeastern Rockingham and northeastern Augusta counties until 11:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service says repetitive rounds of rain and runoff into rivers and streams could cause flooding, especially in low-lying or poor-drainage areas.

Officials recommend monitoring weather forecasts, being ready to take action should flooding occur and, of course, not driving through when water is covering the road.

Warren County recognized as StormReady

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Warren County has been recognized as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service.

The agency’s Warning coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong made the recognition at the May 7 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The National Weather Service program empowers communities to take a proactive approach to hazardous weather.

To be recognized, a community must:

– Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
– Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
– Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
– Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
– Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

 

Department of Forestry: No uncontrolled fires

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

Firefighters are mopping up hotspots in Page and Rockingham counties this weekend, but the Virginia Department of Forestry reports that there are no uncontained fires in the area.

The department said it suppressed three new fires covering 14 acres on Wednesday. All three fires were in Dickenson County, the largest of which was 10 acres.

Officials remind the public that dry, windy conditions are returning this weekend. They present an increased fire hazard and burning should be avoided in such conditions.

The statewide burning law is in effect from through April 30. The law prohibits outdoor burning before 4 p.m. when the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass.

The department adds that smoke may still be visible in some areas. Air quality information is available at www.airnow.gov.

To report a fire, call 911.

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Flood warning in effect in West Virginia

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Opequon Creek near Martinsburg, affecting Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, and the Cacapon River in Morgan County, W.Va.

Minor flooding is forecast on both waterways, according to the weather statement.

Motorists are reminded not to drive through areas where water is running across the road. Turn around, don’t drown.

The VA. Statewide Tornado Drill was today 3/8

Severe weather week continues today Mar. 8 with the annual statewide tornado drill which was held at 9:45 a.m..

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) clarifies that a tornado watch means a tornado is possible a warning means to take action and take shelter immediately.

It is a good idea to have a plan ahead of time.

You will want to identify safe rooms or protective locations in your home, school or business.

Try to implement an emergency communication plan for you and your family.

You are encouraged to have an emergency kit at the ready with a checklist available at vaemergency.gov along with additional information.

There were 87 tornadoes recorded in 2004 and 25 recorded in 2017.

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It is Severe Weather Awareness Week VA. 3/7-3/11

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced that it is severe weather awareness week.

This is a week designed to refresh, remind and educate citizens about seasonal threats from severe weather.

It is also a good time to make and practice your own emergency plan.

The VDEM and National Weather Service team up to promote severe weather awareness during the week.

Social media pages from VDEM will have information and ways to stay safe in the advent of severe weather all week.

Today Mon. Mar. 7 the focus is on Watches vs. Warnings.

Tomorrow Tue. Mar. 8 the annual statewide tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m..

Wed. Mar. 9 is focused on Severe Thunderstorms, Hail and Wind.

Thur. Mar. 10 the focus will be Flash Flooding preparation.

Fri. Mar.11 the focus will be on Lighting Awareness.

During the annual Tornado Drill Tues. all schools, businesses and families are encouraged to participate in the drill.

There will not be an alert tone Tues. but the drill alert will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio along with a monthly test alert on local radio stations.

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News Maker Kemp Miller on valley weather

In an email Governor Youngkin declared a state of emergency in advance of today’s Jan. 28’s storm.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirmed in an email it has begun treating roads.

Schools have dismissed early Jan. 28 too.

We spoke with Meteorologist Kemper Miller about the storm and what will happen in our area in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Kemp explains what we will likely receive this weekend Jan. 28-30 and that it will get cold.

He also explains why the valley is so hard to predict weather for.

Kemp offers an interesting Weatherwise podcast the first Monday of each month right here.

Click here for Kemp’s interview.

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VSP are having a busy snow day

An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) Public Relations Coordinator Shelby Crouch reports the accident situation regarding the inclement weather.

As of 9 o’clock last night Troopers have responded to 482 traffic crashes and 486 disabled vehicles in Virginia.

Most of the accidents have involved only damage with no reported traffic fatalities.

With the wind and refreezing State Police and other authorities still recommended caution when traveling and not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

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SVEC restore power

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An email from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reports that only about 19 members lost power in yesterday’s storm.

If you are still without power SVEC assures members that it will be restored today as crews deal with the weather as best and safely as they can.

Often the type of snow can make all the differences when it comes to power loss.

The heavy type of wet snow lays heavy on lines and tree limbs which can often cause an outage.

A lighter snow like last night causes less damage but the ice will cause concern especially when it comes to repair.

Anyone without power should always report it at SVEC.coop.

You can also connect easily to SVEC with the MySVEC app now available.

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VDOT and other authorities advise caution for travel all day 1/17

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In an email from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) the authority thanks Virginians for heeding the message and staying off the roads.

After about 5 to 8 inches of snow then frozen precipitation fell we now have a glaze of ice on top of the snow in the Shenandoah Valley.

The snow coupled with a wind advisory until 8 p.m. tonight Jan. 17 any unfrozen snow will blow back over already plowed roads.

With that, caution is still advised if you have to travel wait as late in the day as you can.

Know before you go with up to the minute road information is always available at 511virginia.org.

VDOT’s snow emergency page is available at VDOT’s website under the travel center portion of the website for pertinent information for Clarke, Frederick, Page and other Counties in the Stauton District.

VDOT has approximately 900 pieces of equipment working 24/7 to treat the roads please give them room to work.

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