Unseasonably Warm Temperatures Could Bring Severe Weather

Warm spring temperatures have been linked with an uptick in severe weather patterns such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail.

The mild spring weather in Northern Virginia and throughout much of the United States could bring even more severe weather, Accuweather reports.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the 70s this week in the Woodbridge area, with scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.

The last year with such widespread warm temperatures was 2004, a year that also boasted a record 1817 tornadoes striking the U.S. In 2011, almost 1700 tornadoes hit the U.S., making it the fourth deadliest year for tornadoes. 

Two weeks ago, tornadoes struck the Midwest and South with deadly force. In the near future, forecasters expect storms to hit the MidwestTexas, and Oklahoma.

To stay updated on severe weather forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.

For a look back on this past summer's severe weather in the Woodbridge area, see the coverage of the  or the .

Stay safe with our severe weather tips:

Make a family emergency plan. It is important to discuss with your family the protocol during an emergency. Make sure everyone is aware of the emergency contact numbers in your area and choose a family member with a long-distance number to check in with in case of separation; local phone lines are often jammed after an emergency. If you have a pet, make sure to bring them inside before the storm hits. Plan an evacuation route.

Record your personal belongings.  In the event of loss or damage, a visual or written record of your belongings (cars, collectibles, jewelry, etc) and home exterior will make insurance claims easier.

Stock up on essentials. Woodbridge hardware stores like Home Depot always carry emergency supplies including batteries, plywood and generators. It's important to have your vehicle full of gas in case an evacuation is issued.

Below are a few items you should include in your kit. For a full list, visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

For more tips and a printable safety plan checklist, visit www.readyvirginia.gov. For Keri Goodfriend's list of tips, see her article on .


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