Tornado Watch in Effect Until 9 P.M. for the City of Alexandria
The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the entire Washington, DC metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria until 9 p.m. today, June 1. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Residents should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and watch for later weather statements and possible warnings. The City of Alexandria is monitoring weather conditions and will respond appropriately as conditions warrant.
The current forecast is predicting storms that are very likely to bring damaging winds, high wind gusts up to 50 mph, and hail. These severe storms could cause downed trees and power lines, and localized power outages. If a power outage occurs, please report it directly to Dominion Power at 866.366.4357. Residents can also prepare for high winds by securing loose items, such as deck furniture and trash cans. For more information on preparing for a weather emergency, visit http://alexandriava.gov/emergency.
In addition, this evening's storms may result in 1 to 1.5 inches of rain, which could lead to flash flooding. The additional rainfall could cause creeks and small streams to rise out of their banks. Residents are urged not to underestimate the power of flood water. High waters may be on the roadways and in low-lying areas. Residents are urged to use caution; do not drive or walk through high waters. For more information, visit http://alexandriava.gov/flooding.