First Alert Weather Blog

  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.

Large algae blooms spreading in the James River due to drought

  First Alert Weather Day: Soaking rain likely

  Virginia officials issue warning as wildfire season begins

  Richmond monitoring James River levels, could implement water usage measures

  Fall foliage ‘leaf-ing’ much to be desired

Richmond area reports zero unhealthy ozone air quality days

Continued Coverage

  Fall seasonal allergies in full swing despite record heat

  First Alert Weather Day: Mid-week record heat

Weather scientist dies in rough surf after forecast of risk

Expert: Expect less colorful foliage in Virginia

  Tracking the Tropics

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

  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

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

  Evacuations issued in portions of Va. as Dorian approaches

  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.

  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 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.