RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With severe storms and heavy rain expected Friday afternoon and evening, Virginia State Police is reminding drivers to be extra cautious on the roads during the possible severe weather.
VSP is advising drivers to do the following:
- Wipers On = Lights On: Virginia law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are active. Headlights also make you more visible to other drivers in heavy rains.
- Drive for Conditions: Slow your speeds for conditions and give yourself extra stopping distance.
- Buckle Up: One of the easiest ways to survive a crash is by simply wearing your seat belt and making certain all adult, teen and juvenile passengers are safely secured.
- Turn Around. Don’t Drown: Forecasts are calling for heavy rains and possible flash flooding. Motorists should never attempt to drive through high water, as the depth and speed of the water can be deceiving and dangerous.
- Be #WeatherReady: Safety tips available at https://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare-recover/
- Check 511 for Road Conditions
The first area of storms is expected to slide through the metro area between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. This will bring in gusty winds, heavy rain and plenty of lightning. Be prepared to see some knocked down branches and small trees, according to the StormTracker 8 Meteorologist Travis Michels.
Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., a line of storms is expected to build in from the west, impacting the far western counties in Virginia. This line will have very heavy rain, extremely high wind gusts and the chance for an isolated tornado.
Be sure to stick with the StormTracker 8 team for the latest on the severe weather threat.