Fairfax County sent out an alert Friday afternoon indicating a Tornado Watch is in effect for the local area through 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center forecastes a risk of "severe thunderstorms" Friday afternoon and evening from eastern Georgia and the Carolinas northward across Virginia and Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania.
The watch is also in effect for Fairfax City, Alexandria, as well as Arlington and Loudoun counties, among other areas of the state.
A tornado watch indicates "conditions are favorable for a tornado and that tornadoes are possible." It is not as severe as a warning, which means a tornado has been sighted or detected on radar, Fairfax County says in its emergency blog.
Thunderstorms in our area tend to mean power outages are also on the way.
Prone to outages? Dominion Power offers these tips:
Before A Storm:
- Stock up on candles, matches and battery-operated flashights (as well as plenty of batteries!)
- Make sure your cell phone battery is fully charged.
- Have non-perishable food on hand.
- If your home loses power, turn of all appliances in case your home experiences a power surge when the power is restored.
PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - How do you prepare for stormy weather? Tell us in the comments.