Southwest Buckingham under tornado warning

Published 12:04 pm Friday, April 19, 2019

Southwest Buckingham County has been placed under a tornado warning, estimated to end 12:30 p.m.

A tornado warning indicates that a tornado could be imminent, and that residents should immediately take cover.

Buckingham County remains under a tornado watch that extends from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Ready.gov recommends that in the event of a tornado, that people enter a sturdy building immediately, go to a safe room, basement or storm cellar without windows. Though not recommended, if outdoors, do not get under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer. Watch for debris from vehicles or other items.

The Heart of Virginia has been placed on a flash flood watch between Friday, 1 p.m. to Saturday, 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms and high winds remain on the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Buckingham County Public Schools has closed Friday due to the impending inclement weather.

Prince Edward County Public Schools and Cumberland County Public Schools announced that schools will be dismissing early at noon, in order for students to be transported safely before the storms forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Longwood University, in a message to students and faculty, encouraged those with cars parked in flood-prone areas, particularly the Virginia Street lot behind Midtown Landings, should be moved to either the Putney Street lot or the upper Wynne tiers. Commuters who typically park in the Virginia Street lot should also park in the upper Wynne tiers, and will not be ticketed.

This is a developing report. Stay with The Herald for updates.