News to know for April 17: Severe storms Friday; Goochland home destroyed in fire; Possible meteor spotted

News to know for April 17

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Happy Hump Day! Today is a beautiful day, but that may not last long.

Severe weather likely Friday

Friday is a First Alert Weather Day, with severe storms, including heavy rain, hail and lightning, likely throughout Virginia.

Strong wind gusts and isolated tornadoes are the two biggest concerns during the storm.

First Alert Weather Day: Severe weather possible Friday

Falling tree safety

Sunday’s storm that rolled through Central Virginia claimed the lives of three people.

Cathy Tyler, 78, and Lena Gaulding were both killed after trees fell on their homes. Monica Tamoore Bolton was killed after a tree fell on her car while driving in Henrico.

Michael Mather with True Timber Arborist says it’s important to observe the color of trees and lookout for cracks in trees.

How to prepare your trees before the next big storm

O’Rourke rally in Henrico

Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally in Henrico County on Tuesday afternoon.

O’Rourke’s Henrico visit is one of seven stops he’s making in Virginia this week.

The former Texas congressman announced his presidential run last month.

Beto O’Rourke rallies hundreds of voters at Henrico campaign stop

Goochland fire

An 8,000 square foot home in Goochland is a total loss after being destroyed in a Tuesday morning fire.

Nearly 30 firefighters from several counties spent hours extinguishing the fire on Joe Brooke Court.

The family, and pets, escaped the flames safely. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

8,000 square foot home destroyed in fire

Possible meteor

A viewer’s dashcam video shows a possible meteor in Tappahannock on Tuesday night.

Viewers in Chesterfield say they saw the meteor too.

Possible meteor spotted in Tappahannock

Final thought

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” - Anne Frank

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