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NWS confirms tornado in Northern Virginia

Tree down over Powhite Parkway causes backups

First Alert Weather Day Friday: Wind Advisory

  First Alert Weather Day: Flooding likely Thursday into Friday

Earthquake registered in Louisa County, miles from record 2011 earthquake

  First Alert: Much colder weather a sure thing, Chilly rain on Saturday

Continued Coverage

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm threat for Saturday night upgraded

  First Alert Weather Day: A little snow Tuesday, especially northwest of Richmond

  No White Christmas in Virginia this year, but great travel weather is expected

VDOT prepared for any potential snowfall

  First Alert Weather Day: Snow likely Wednesday morning

Last full moon of the decade to peak at 12:12 on 12/12

  Virginia’s winter outlook for 2019-2020 expected to be relatively mild

Winter Outlook

  Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s what to expect weather-wise

A look at how rain/snow could impact Thanksgiving Holiday travel

  Traveling for Thanksgiving? Get a personalized forecast

If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, we’re on your side to help you plan.

  Meteor shower outburst possible Thursday evening

If the outburst happens as predicted, it would produce meteor rates of up to 400 meteors per hour

  Closings and Delays for Wednesday, Nov. 13

  VDOT monitoring weather conditions, warns of refreezing

  First Alert Weather Days: Rain to snow Tuesday, potential record cold Wednesday

VDOT is ready for winter weather

Forestry department: ‘Peak week’ for leaves along parkway

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Mecklenburg Co. on Halloween

  Halloween Tornado Watch: First Alert Weather Day this evening

It will be a warm and potentially wet Halloween this year in Virginia.

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms possible Sunday

A few strong storms will be possible on Sunday, especially east of I-95.

First Alert: Rain likely for the end of the weekend

Tropical Depression 17 expected to form today

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible Tuesday afternoon

The tornado, hail and flooding threat are low, but a severe thunderstorm could produce damaging wind gusts.

  Va. localities lift burn bans after soaking rain

When it's in place, a burn ban makes it illegal to burn brush, grass, leaves, trash, debris or any other flammable material.

  Tropical Storm Nestor could bring soaking rain Sunday

The storm's track has it moving across southeast Virginia this weekend.

Large algae blooms spreading in the James River due to drought

Algae blooms are usually common in July and August, not fall.

  First Alert Weather Day: Soaking rain likely

A period of heavy rain and even a few embedded thunderstorms is likely on Wednesday.

  Virginia officials issue warning as wildfire season begins

Currently, 39 localities have initiated burn bans.

  Richmond monitoring James River levels, could implement water usage measures

If needed, an advisory will be issued for the city and surrounding counties to voluntarily reduce water consumption.

  Fall foliage ‘leaf-ing’ much to be desired

The conditions we've seen over the past couple months might not make for the best looking fall.

Richmond area reports zero unhealthy ozone air quality days

It's been a good year for air quality in Richmond

  Fall seasonal allergies in full swing despite record heat

Seasonal allergies are in full swing despite record heat.

  First Alert Weather Day: Mid-week record heat

Record heat midweek as we soar into the mid-90s.

Weather scientist dies in rough surf after forecast of risk

A federal scientist who oversaw weather prediction centers tracking ocean, hurricane and even space conditions has died in rough seas on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Expert: Expect less colorful foliage in Virginia

Dry conditions have caused some trees to brown and drop leaves early.

  Tracking the Tropics

Three tropical systems are currently moving across the Atlantic Ocean.

  Swift Creek Reservoir water level low; officials say not to worry

As of now, there are no restrictions in place, but that could change if substantial rain isn’t in our future.

  Drought conditions worsen in Virginia

Rainfall this month has been hard to find with less than a half inch of rain officially recorded in Richmond

  Did you feel it? 2.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Henrico

A 2.5 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Henrico County Sunday night.

  Tuesday marks 1 year since deadly Va. tornadoes

The storms killed one person as a building collapsed at Old Dominion Flooring in Chesterfield County.

Humberto upgraded to hurricane strength

Humberto will move away from the U.S. but will pose a threat to Bermuda over the next few days.

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong afternoon storms possible

Most of Central and Southern Virginia is in a marginal risk for severe storms on Monday.

NOAA backs Trump, disavows NWS Birmingham on Dorian track

NOAA issued a statement Friday supporting Trump’s claim that Alabama would be hit “much harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, and pointed to evidence that didn’t support that claim.

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

As organizations work to help those in need, those most affected say it’s the worse they’ve ever seen.

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

Dorian officially made landfall on the Outer Banks at 8:35 a.m. Friday.

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

From August until late October is what Air Force pilot Maj. Alex Boykin calls “hunting season.” His quarry: monster storms.

  Evacuations issued in portions of Va. as Dorian approaches

Virginia Beach officials announced mandatory evacuations Thursday for the community of Sandbridge.

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

One “cub reporter” in Hartsville was busy covering her own Jeep Watch … a Little Tikes Jeep Watch to be exact!

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

“We are able to take more patients. We’re licensed for 300 beds. We will have room for them.”

  7,000 power crews in place ahead of storm

Crews are getting ready for whatever Hurricane Dorian brings our way.

  Fallen live power line sparks on flooded Charleston street during Dorian

The sound of explosions when a live wire fell into flood water on a downtown Charleston street could be heard blocks away Thursday afternoon.

Tips on how to prepare as Hurricane Dorian approaches

First responders have some tips on how to keep safe as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the coast.

  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

The U.S. Military is taking precautions as Hurricane Dorian threatens ships and planes based on Virginia's coast

Virginians warned of donating to fraudulent hurricane relief funds

Any organization you believe to be fraudulent can be reported to the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs by calling (804) 786-1343.

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

Video from inside the family’s home in Abaco shows water several feet deep that came in through the washed out front door.

  Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for southeastern Virginia ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

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

Millions of people are making their way to emergency shelters, mostly schools built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Those operations are largely manned by the Red Cross.

  Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

Richmond SPCA is asking for donations through its Facebook page to house the animals and treat their medical needs.

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.