Severe Weather Briefing - April 19, 2019
Severe Weather Briefing - April 19, 2019
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Severe Weather Briefing - April 19, 2019

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VDEM Region 1 - Situation Report #2

A band of severe thunderstorms began impacting region 1 localities late this morning and continued through early afternoon resulting in heavy rain and windy conditions. Region 1 localities continue to be under an enhanced threat of severe weather for the remainder of the evening into overnight. Much of the region is currently under a tornado watch or warning. A flash flood watch remains in effect for all region 1 localities and a second band of severe thunderstorms are expected to begin impacting the region between 6-8 pm this evening. This second band of storms could produce tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, and winds in excess of 60 mph. 

The Region 1 Office continues to monitor locality situation reports, open source media, and weather outlets in addition to communicating with NWS Wakefield as needed. 

Main concerns for Region 1 localities include the potential for tornadoes or straight line wind damage, large hail, downed trees, flash flooding, and power outages

State actions include:

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

  • VDEM Region 1 RCC Status: Virtual/Monitoring
    • RCC1 Requests for Assistance
      • Active: 0
      • Complete: 0
      • Withdrawn: 0
  • VDEM VEST/VEOC Status: The VEST/VEOC is at Condition Yellow (Increased Readiness). Coordinating situational awareness with other State Agencies and partner organizations.
  • VDOT: Road conditions are good, but congested with heavy holiday traffic.

Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond City) – cancelled classes after 1600hrs. VCU Medical Center is open and operational.
  • Virginia State University (Richmond City) – closed as of 1200hrs

Department of General Services (VDGS)

  • Capitol Square is closed to the public as of 1300hrs today until further notice due to potential weather related hazards.
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