In the past 5 years, the state of Virginia reported 131 tornadoes, which comes out to an average of 26 tornado reports per year. Tuesday at 9:45am, Virginia will have a statewide tornado drill which included schools and colleges and is encouraged for businesses, organizations and families across the state.
Above is a youtube video of a tornado that touched down at Longwood University in Farmville, VA on April 27, 2011. It's a stark reminder that tornadoes often do occur in Virginia and that you should be prepared coming in to the new severe weather season.
This is the perfect time to review your severe weather action plan with your coworkers and family. Something easy to think about is last years derecho. Think about how long you were without power and what you wished you had at the time and be sure to include that in your severe weather safety kit. Obvious items include water, flashlights and batteries, non-perishable food items and a first aid kit. It's always best to be prepared.
ABC 7 will be here around the clock all year for your go-to severe weather coverage. From letting you know of the potential of an outbreak, to live blogging the event online, we'll be here to help you and your family stay as safe as possible. Also, any time there is severe weather and you're in your car, be sure to tune in to WTOP 103.5FM, as if there is a Tornado Warning, we will be going live every 10 minutes or less.
Our Stormwatch 7 mobile phone app will help you keep up with the latest radar and temperature data, and a new update coming soon will allow for severe weather alerts to be sent to your phone. Our beefed up online weather page will be sure to keep you on top of developing situations with live doppler, HD cameras, blogs, tweets and many more images at your disposal. Here's to hoping for a quiet severe weather year.