Both the tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings have now expired. A flash flood warning remains in effect until 6:15 p.m.
The thunderstorm was detected northeast of Front Royal at 2:49 p.m. and traveling east at 50 miles per hour. The storm is capable of producing winds in excess of 70 mph.
With severe storms predicted, county offers safety tips
Loudoun County is on the alert for possibly severe thunderstorms and wind arriving tonight and continuing into tomorrow. County officials urge residents to stay cautious and prepare for the storm by stocking up on necessary food items and readying flashlights in case of a power outage.
Other important items to stock up on are a first aid kit, medications, car phone charger and blankets.
Since excessive rainfall can cause streams to rise quickly above their banks and flood low-lying areas, it is important to monitor the weather.
Stay aware of the latest conditions by charging cell phones and all necessary electronics before the storm and by keeping a list of emergency numbers at hand.
If you have a traditional landline, keep a non-cordless phone in your house because it will still work in case of a power outage. To conserve cell phone batteries, reduce screen brightness and close all apps you are not using.
You can check road conditions before driving at 511virginia.org.
Other important phone numbers are:
5-1-1 for road conditions
#77 to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency
9-1-1 in a true emergency
For non-emergency situations in Loudoun County, call 703-777-1021.
For Dominion Virginia Power, call 1-866-366-4357. Dominion also provides updates through Facebook and Twitter.
To report NOVEC power outages, call 1-888-335-0500. Make sure NOVEC has your current phone number. The correct number will expedite outage reporting and power restoration. If you use a cell phone, call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500 to associate your number with your account.
For Washington Gas, call 1-800-543-8911.
For Columbia Gas, call 1-800-543-8911.
Storm-related information also will be posted on http://www.loudoun.gov/storm
If yo.u have not already done so:
Sign up for alerts from the county, including emergency information, at http://www.loudoun.gov/alert
Follow Loudoun County on Twitter at http://www.loudoun.gov/twitter
and o,n Facebook at loudoun.gov/facebook.
You can also follow Loudoun County on Twitter by using hashtag #LoudounVA and #LoudounStorm.
County and national updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses.