Severe Weather

Generally, there are four types of unusual weather conditions which may occur and for which extraordinary precaution should be taken:

  • Severe thunderstorm activity
  • Tornado
  • Tropical Storm
  • Hurricane

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY

Local weather service will issue advisories predicting areas of probable severe thunderstorm activity and the estimated duration of such activity.

TORNADO WARNING

By definition, a tornado warning is an alert by the National Weather Service confirming a tornado sighting and location. The weather service will announce the approximate time of detection and direction of movement. Wind will be 75 mph or greater.

Public warning will come over the radio, TV. Should a severe storm or tornado occur, the following safety guidelines are recommended:

  1. Move away from the exterior of the Building to a corridor or elevator lobby.
  2. As you move, try to close the doors of rooms, which have windows. Also, be sure the door to your suite is closed tightly, but not locked.
  3. Go to the center corridor and protect yourself by either putting your head closely to your lap or by kneeling to protect your head.
  4. Stairwells are safe. If crowded, move down to a lower level for shelter. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  5. DO NOT go to the first floor lobby or outside Building.
  6. Keep your radio or television set tuned to a local station for information.
  7. Do not use the telephone to get information or advice.
  8. KEEP CALM. If you are trapped in an outside office, seek protection under a desk.
  9. Do not attempt to move your car from the parking garage.

Once the weather has subsided, report any damage or storm related leaks to the Management Office by calling 703-226-2750.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING

A tropical storm warning is an alert by the National Weather Service indicating that a severe tropical storm is likely to move into and through an area. Wind gusts may reach 100 miles per hour. Flash flooding is also likely to occur.

Please follow all instructions as indicated within the tornado warning guidelines.

HURRICANE WARNING

A hurricane warning is an alert by the National Weather Service indicating that a hurricane force storm is likely to move into and through an area. Hurricanes will generally carry winds from 80 to 140 miles per hour. Inland the severity of wind damage is generally reduced, but can still be substantial. Flash flooding is also likely to occur.

Please follow all instructions as indicated within the tornado warning guidelines.

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