News to know for April 19: Severe storms with damaging winds; School closings and delays; Mail carrier killed in crash

News to know for April 19

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friday is here, and the risk for severe weather in Central Virginia has increased.

First Alert Weather Day

Friday is a First Alert Weather Day, with a high risk of severe storms with damaging winds.

Portions of Central Virginia are now in a “moderate” risk of severe weather.

Friday Forecast: Severe weather threat climbs for the afternoon and evening

Closings and delays

Buckingham County Schools will be closed today due to a severe weather threat.

Cumberland County and Prince Edward County Schools will close at noon today.

Severe weather safety

Dominion Power reminds residents to be aware of downed power lines, and try to stay at least 30 feet away.

Experts say make sure your generator is fueled, tested and properly working before the storm hits.

Power outages and downed power lines can be reported by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP or online.

Richmond residents prepare for Friday's storms

Mail carrier killed

A mail carrier was killed after overturning Thursday evening on I-295 in Henrico.

The accident occurred near the Woodman Road exit at 6:14 p.m.

Virginia State Police say a 41-year-old man was driving a mail truck when he was struck in the rear by a Mazda driven by a 30-year-old woman. The man ran off the road, and overturned. He was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene.

Mail truck driver killed on I-295

Richmond shooting

A Thursday evening shooting on Baker Street has left a man in the hospital.

Police say the shooting occurred at Baker and St. James Streets. When police arrived on the scene, they found a crime scene.

Witnesses told them one person had been shot, but someone else drove the victim to the hospital.

The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

(Source: NBC12)

Chesterfield resource officer terminated

The Chesterfield County Police Department says a school resource officer who was investigated for possible ties to a white nationalist group has been terminated.

Daniel Morley, a former L.C. Bird High School resource officer, was accused of being involved with Identity Evropa. The group has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“I can now confirm that the target of our investigation was indeed Mr. Morley, and today, I can confirm that his employment with Chesterfield County has been terminated,” Col. Jeffrey Katz said.

Daniel Morley was terminated after an investigation. (Source: Chesterfield Police Department)
Daniel Morley was terminated after an investigation. (Source: Chesterfield Police Department)

Final Thought

“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” - William R. Alger

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