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Virginia State Of Emergency

RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms and tornadoes caused deaths throughout the state.

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State agencies are going to help local governments respond to the impact of the severe weather.

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.

Wind Gusts Already Cause Downed Wires, Trees

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- With wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour that could mean downed trees and power lines Saturday.

In McLean on Friday night, it looked like Mother Nature had already done some damage. In the 1500 block of Cedar Avenue, a tree came down, bringing down wires. Crews were at the scene making repairs.

People there hoped that situation was not an indication of damage coming on Saturday. In preparation for potential damage, Pepco says crews are standing by.

To minimize damage from the wind gusts on Saturday, you should secure or put away any heavy items you have outside -- like tables and other furniture -- so they don't blow away. If they're not secured or put away, they could become projectiles.

If you have a fence or garage, doors should be secured so they are not ripped off their hinges, and so they don't become projectiles.

Fairfax County Public Schools Closed, Offices Open

Fairfax County Public Schools Closed, Offices Open

From FCPS Outreach:

All Fairfax County public schools will be closed today, January 26, 2011. Offices are open with an unscheduled leave policy in effect.
The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
·   extracurricular activities
·   interscholastic contests
·   team practices
·   field trips
·   middle school after-school programs
·   professional learning and training courses
·   all adult and community education classes
·   recreation programs and community use

School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed. 

Weather emergency personnel are to report to work.

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

From VDOT:

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting www.511virginia.org or by calling 511.