How To Stay Safe During The Heat Wave

The Shenandoah Valley is in the grips of one of the worst heat waves in years.

The national weather service has issued two heat warnings for the Shenandoah Valley for Saturday and Sunday.

Heat index values will generally be between 100 and 104 degrees west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This is a reminder that if you are working outdoors during this time, make sure to take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated, and wear loose fitting clothes to minimize the threat of heat illness.

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Front Royal Warren County Adds Cooling Centers

Warren County Virginia new logo used by permission by Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones

Front Royal has established cooling centers during this extreme heat wave.

The cooling centers are located at the Samuel Public Library, Warren County Community Center, Warren County Public Safety Building, and the Warren County Splash Pad.

The Warren County Department of Emergency Management warns the elderly and the very young (as well as pets) as the most at risk.

This is a reminder that if you are working outdoors during this time, make sure to take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated, and wear loose fitting clothes to minimize the threat of heat illness.

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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.

 

Weatherwise, May 2024

We’ll we’ll run down the weather averages for this month and take a look at the forecast for May, we’ll tell you what the National Weather Service uses as their 3 criteria for SEVERE weather, we’ll update the state of our coming hurricane season and we’ll look at how extreme weather affects our bodies. 

SNP collaborates with utility partners

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) is taking proactive measures to fortify its infrastructure in collaboration with utility partners, aiming to minimize potential damage from future weather occurrences.

The initiative involves the replacement of utility poles and the restoration of power lines along two key utility corridors within the park.

Consequently ,certain visitor services will be affected at Elkwallow, Mathews Arm Campground, and the Big Meadows area.

Updates for Visitors in the Big Meadows Area:

  • During April, intermittent power outages will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays.
  • Shower facilities will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Normal Park operations will resume on Fridays through Sundays.
  • Wood and ice sales remain available at Big Meadows Wayside until further notice.
  • Comfort stations/bathrooms in the loops of Big Meadows Campground will continue to operate fully.

Big Meadows Wayside and the visitor center at Big Meadows will function mostly as usual with the assistance of generators.

However, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Mondays through
Thursdays, Wi-Fi services may experience disruptions, exhibits will be closed, and movie screenings will be suspended.

Big Meadows Lodge is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, as planned.

Elkwallow Wayside & Mathews Arm Campground:

  •  Renovation work for these areas will commence upon completion of the tasks at Big Meadows.
  • Opening dates for these facilities are to be determined later due to the ongoing renovations.

For individuals with campground reservations until mid-June who have not received communication regarding their reservation at Mathews Arm, please reach out to Mindy Bogue at mindy_bogue@nps.gov or 540-999-3500 x3405.

Guests have the option to relocate their camping reservations to either Big Meadows or Loft Mountain Campgrounds.

However, availability may be limited at these sites due to the closure
of Mathews Arm.

Alternatively, guests may opt for a refund if they choose to cancel their reservation.

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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.