First Alert Weather Blog

  Hurricane Jerry forecast to stay east of U.S.

Tropical Storm Jerry has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Humberto upgraded to hurricane strength

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong afternoon storms possible

NOAA backs Trump, disavows NWS Birmingham on Dorian track

  ‘It’s a catastrophe’: Chesterfield family worried about relatives in Bahamas

  Tracking Dorian: Southeast Virginia blasted with wind, rain, surge, but not much in Richmond

  Richmond native pilots ‘storm-hunter’ planes into Hurricane Dorian

Continued Coverage

  Evacuations issued in portions of Va. as Dorian approaches

  HILARIOUS: S.C. kids spoof ‘Jeep Watch 2019’ while waiting out Dorian

  Generators, water, extra beds: Hospitals prepared for storm victims

  7,000 power crews in place ahead of storm

  Fallen live power line sparks on flooded Charleston street during Dorian

Tips on how to prepare as Hurricane Dorian approaches

  Marina along Virginia’s coast prepares for storm

Boat owners and the Deltaville Marina are going through a checklist of precautions to take ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

  Richmond-area organizations prepare for Dorian relief effort

Local organizations, like Dominion Energy and the American Red Cross, are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

  Mandatory evacuations underway for Outer Banks

Dare County officials ordered visitors to evacuate starting at noon Tuesday. Residents are under a mandatory evacuation starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

  ‘These people are going to be traumatized’: Dorian leaves trail of destruction in Bahamas

Bahamas resident films as furniture floats around him.

Military takes precautions as Dorian threatens ships, planes

Virginians warned of donating to fraudulent hurricane relief funds

WATCH: Family of Chesterfield woman in Bahamas shares video inside flooded home

  Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian

  Central Va. Red Cross volunteers in Florida helping those in Dorian’s path

  Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

First ever all-female flight crew tracking Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian comes closer to landfall, a special crew of Air Force Reserve members have been tasked with monitoring the storm and updating the public about its progress.

  Richmond-area businesses prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Says key to getting through hurricane season is to 'be prepared'.

  How to track tropics with the NBC12 Weather app

Here’s a quick “how-to” guide to track storms in the Atlantic during hurricane season.

  Hurricane Gaston Anniversary: Flashback to $130M worth of damage

Shockoe Bottom was completely swallowed up when the city’s drainage system became overwhelmed by nearly a foot of rain.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Central, Southern Virginia

If you have outdoor plans Friday evening, make sure you have a plan B to get indoors.

  Friday marks 8 years since powerful earthquake rocked Va.

The Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and was centered about 5 miles south of Mineral.

  First Alert Weather Day: More severe storms possible

Main concern again will be heavy rain, gusty winds and lightning.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible Tuesday evening

Much of the daytime hours will be dry, with storms threatening closer to sunset.

‘The lightning was unreal’: Roanoke County supervisor recalls Hurricane Camille

"The lightning was unreal, it would light up the room and you look out the window and you could see just like it was daylight."

  Chesterfield man says he was nearly electrocuted when neighbor’s house was struck by lightning

The electricity from the strike surged through his home and came out of his laptop while he was using it.

  Homes damaged, trees down as storm moves through Richmond area

Chesterfield fire responded to both scenes a little after 3:15 p.m.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe risk drops for Central Virginia

Damaging wind gusts, hail, frequent lightning, and downpours are the primary threats.

’We became orphans overnight’: Va. brothers recall surviving Hurricane Camille as family perished

The Tye River flows at a shallow trickle through Massies Mill, a tiny village in Nelson County near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  First Alert Weather Day: A few strong storms possible Friday afternoon

Storms could contain damaging wind gusts.

FIRST ALERT: NOAA increases hurricane season forecast in latest update

NOAA has increased the risk of an above normal hurricane season.

  First Alert Weather Day: Storms with damaging winds possible

The main threat right now appears to be straight line wind damage during the afternoon and early evening.

  2 rescued from car submerged in floodwater on Richmond’s southside

Richmond Fire crews rescued an elderly woman and a minor from her car, which was submerged in water on Bainbridge Street

  People rescued from vehicles after storms cause flooding

People had to be rescued from their flooded vehicles after 1-2 inches of rain fell within an hour of storms developing in the Richmond area on Monday afternoon.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible Wednesday afternoon/evening

If these storms do turn severe, damaging winds are the main threat.

  Two meteor showers visible next few nights

Two meteor showers will overlap during the final few days of July.

  Soldier killed by fallen tree at Fort Pickett identified

The Virginia National Guard said the soldier died during a training exercise when a tree was knocked over by severe weather at the base.

Virginia Health Department data show heat illnesses doubled

Figures from the Virginia Department of Health show the number of people in the state that needed medical treatment for heat-related illnesses has nearly doubled compared with last July

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10pm Monday

The Heat Index is expected to approach 110 degrees this weekend.

  Beat the heat: Cooling centers open throughout Central Va.

Several localities are opening cooling centers at temperatures soar to 100 degrees.

Cool deal: Free ice skating offered this weekend

To get your free pass, visit RichmondSkating.com and fill out the registration form.

  Dominion Energy ready for increased energy use during heat wave

"When its 110 degrees, it makes a big difference to our customers," a Dominion Energy spokesperson said.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible; heat advisory for parts of Va.

There's a low risk for severe storms, along with increasing heat on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Animal Control issues warning about pets in hot cars

Signs of heat stroke in a pet include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering gait, vomiting and a deep red or purple tongue.

Submit your photos for ‘Dress for the Weather’

Show off your photo and you could be featured on NBC12 in the mornings.

Barry makes landfall as a hurricane, weakens back to tropical storm

Tracking the Tropics

  First Alert Weather Day: Heavy storms possible Thursday

First Alert Weather Day Thursday for a few evening strong storms

  First Alert Weather Day: Pockets of heavy rain could cause flooding Sunday evening

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of Central Virginia until midnight tonight.

Lightning strike during July Fourth cookout kills 1, sends 2 to hospital

The Georgetown County Coroner released the identity of the man killed in a lightning strike Thursday afternoon.

  Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California. It is the strongest quake to hit the region in 20 years.

  Hit or miss storms could threaten Independence Day plans

Hit or miss thunderstorms are expected on Independence Day, but it will not be a washout.

  First Alert Weather Day: Heat index to soar above 100 on Wednesday

Higher than average heat and humidity is expected for much of the upcoming week in Virginia

  Dust devil interrupts baseball tournament in Henrico

The dust devil formed on the field during the Glen Allen and New Kent game.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

The main concerns with any storms that do develop will be strong gusty winds and hail.

Man struck by lightning along trail in Virginia

The man who was struck called 911 to report it happening.

Report: Major hurricane could cost Virginia $40 billion

Experts say that southeastern Virginia could suffer $40 billion in losses if it's struck by a major hurricane

  First Alert Weather Day: Afternoon, evening downpours possible

Monday is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for heavy rainfall that could again cause localized minor flooding.

  Woman identified in deadly I-295 crash

Numerous other crashes and high water were reported as heavy rain moved through the area on Friday.

  Storm threat ends for Wednesday evening

There is a slight risk for severe storms that now includes the Richmond metro, Petersburg, and the Tri-Cities into the Northern Neck.

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms possible Sunday PM

Widely scattered strong to severe storms are possible Sunday evening, with storms most likely north of Richmond

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms end after causing flooding, tree damage

The primary risks will be damaging wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain in stronger storms.

  First Alert Weather Day: Temperatures soar into the 90s again

Big high pressure ridge centered near the Southeastern U.S. is responsible for the heat, but should begin to break down a little beginning Friday.

  See kids or animals in a hot car? Here’s how to react

There's one important thing you need to do before you begin smashing windows.

  First Alert Weather Day: Record-setting heat possible Sunday

First Alert Weather Day for Record heat possible Sunday

  Parts of Virginia under a severe thunderstorm watch

We're tracking a chance for strong to severe storms on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Va. community continues to learn lessons from Hurricane Camille

The powerful storm killed more than 120 people in Nelson County 50 years ago this summer.

  4 easy steps to see radar more clearly on the NBC12 Weather App

The latest update to the NBC 12 Weather app is a huge upgrade and something I’ve been waiting for for years!Here are the steps to take to activate maps that will make it much easier to see where storms are on radar.

Tropical development possible in the Atlantic over next several days

An area of low pressure in the Atlantic is expected to form into a system several miles south of Bermuda in the next several days.

  ‘Bermuda High’ to increase temps this weekend

Get ready for hot temperatures starting this weekend into next week.

  First Alert Weather Day: Few strong storms possible Friday

Few strong storms possible late afternoon and evening Friday

  National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes in Virginia this past weekend

The National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine if two tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Saturday as storms moved through the area.

  Scattered showers and strong storms Sunday

Sunday is a First Alert Weather Day for scattered strong storms during the afternoon and evening.

Hurricane hunters make a rare visit to southwest Virginia

Flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, the pilot, crew and team of meteorologists are hoping to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats.

Experts forecast below average hurricane season

Last year, Florence and Michael combined to kill more than 100 Americans and cost nearly $50 billion in damage.