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Office of Emergency Management

spring severe weather

Tornadoes

Did you know that tornadoes can happen in Virginia? In fact, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), in 2018 Virginia earned a spot among the "top five tornadic states, relative to average," seeing a 183% increase over its 10-year average. Prince William County has seen its share of tornadic activity as well. According www.homefacts.com, the County is in the "Very High" risk category, having experienced 115 tornadoes since 1950. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management reminds us that "Peak tornado season in Virginia takes place from May to September" but they can happen any time of year.

One great way to stay prepared is to participate in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill. This year, the official drill will take place on Tuesday, March 19th at approximately 9:45 a.m. You can register yourself, your place of business, house of worship or other organization, or you can simply practice the actions that you would take before, during and after an actual tornado. For more information and to register for the Statewide Drill, click here. For more information on tornadoes, click here.

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Flooding

Flooding occurs frequently in parts of Prince William County. If you encounter water covering a roadway, please Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Remember that just 6 inches of water can knock you down, and as little as 1 foot of moving water can carry away your vehicle. If flooding is imminent, move to higher ground. Also, now is the time to review your insurance and make sure that your policy covers flooding. Find out if you live in a floodplain, and take 'before' and 'after' pictures of your home and property. For more information on flooding, click here.

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 Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can produce heavy rains, flash flooding, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, lightning, and wildfires.

  • Use the 30/30 rule: If you see lightning and hear thunder within 30 seconds of each other, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • Stay indoors at least 30 minutes after you see the last flash of lightning.
  • For this and other useful thunderstorm safey tips, go to here

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