Tornado Watch issued for Hanover; heavy rain and wind gusts likely
Tropical Storm Michael has moved into South Carolina and will track through Virginia tonight before moving off the coast early tomorrow morning. Central Virginia, which is on the northwest side of the storm, is now expected to pick up the highest rainfall amounts and could experience high wind gusts.
The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Tornado Watch for Hanover until 9 p.m. A Tornado Watch means you should be prepared because tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or if you suspect a tornado is approaching. A Tornado Watch area typically covers a number of counties.
A Tornado Warning, if one is issued, means take action because a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are in a mobile home, a vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter.
Weather forecasts indicate heavy rain will likely reach the Richmond area around 4 p.m. We could experience 4-6 inches of rain before it ends in the early morning hours of Friday. High winds are expected to reach peak speeds tonight.
Dominion Energy states that customers should prepare for the possibility of extended power outages beginning later today. High wind and rain that saturates the ground can increase the likelihood of fallen trees and downed wires. Please beware of downed power lines. Stay at least 30 feet away and make sure your family, pets, and neighbors also avoid the downed wire. Call Dominion Energy right away at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to speak with an agent to report the downed wire.
You can report and check outages online to Dominion here. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers can call 1-800-552-3904; their outage center page is here. If you experience an outage, report it immediately; the more information your power company has about outages, the more quickly they can respond.