Storm Information

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Update

Yesterday, the National Weather Service was able to survey the county to determine the exact path and strength of the tornadoes that impacted the county. View information about the track and area of damage from Monday’s tornadoes

For those cleaning up after the storm, the Northern and Southern Convenience Centers will continue to waive the fee for vegetative debris until Sunday, Sept. 30. Both convenience centers will be operating on normal business hours starting Thursday, Sept. 20. And, remember, before hiring someone to do repairs, please make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a good reputation.

Building Inspections and Chesterfield Fire and EMS continue to do damage assessments in the areas impacted, and all roads closed due to Monday’s storms have reopened.

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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 – 6 p.m. Storm Update

The National Weather Service visited Chesterfield and assessed the storm damage that was sustained Monday, Sept. 17. It was confirmed the first tornado that hit Chesterfield County was an EF1 and started at River Road and went thru Hampton Park and Fox Creek. It was about 150 yards wide and the total track was nine miles.

The second tornado started as an EF1 at Route 288 and then became an EF2 when it hit Speeks Drive and Genito Woods. It then bounced back to an EF1. The total track was 8.5 miles. When the Tornado was an EF2, at Speeks Drive, it had 120 mph winds and was about 350 to 400 yards wide.

There was a third confirmed tornado that started in Chesterfield in Bon Air before moving through Henrico.

Damage Assessment

Starting at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17, damage assessment crews were sent out across the county to determine the storm’s impact. Here is a 3-minute video segment showing one of our damage assessment teams.

School facilities did not suffer any infrastructure damage. It was also officially confirmed that there was only one building collapse, and sadly, as a result of that structure collapsing, a fatality occurred. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family.

The most common damage in the county involved trees on homes and houses stripped of shingles and siding by the high winds with the most extensive damage found in the area of Hull Street Road and Speeks Drive where multiple commercial structures were damaged.

Road Closure Information

Regarding road closures, Mosely Road continues to be closed due to a sinkhole, and Otterdale Road continues to be closed at multiple locations due to high water. Be careful and be alert when traveling in these areas.

Go to 511 Virginia Select Chesterfield County under the jurisdictions tab for an updated list.

Storm Debris Removal and Disposal

There have been many reports of shingles coming off of houses and other storm related repairs that will need to be made. Before hiring someone to do the repairs, please make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a good reputation.

The Northern Convenience Center, which is normally closed on Wednesdays, will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the fees for vegetative debris will be waived. Other routine fees still apply. There will be no curbside debris pickup. The convenience center locations are as follows:

  • Northern Area Convenience Center - 3200 Warbro Road, Midlothian
  • Southern Area Convenience Center - 6670 Landfill Drive, Chester


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:19 p.m. 

Dr. Casey and Fire and EMS Chief Senter took a helicopter tour of tornado damaged areas in Chesterfield County. They surveyed the badly damaged Hull St. corridor, Beach Rd., Hampton Park, and Courthouse Rd. areas.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

Following Monday's storms, we can confirm that, according to the National Weather Service, Speeks Drive was an EF2 Tornado with 120 mph winds and about 350-400-yards wide. The National Weather Service will continue to conduct storm assessments in the area this morning.

There was one building collapse and numerous calls reporting other types of damage. Unfortunately, one fatality was reported yesterday. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family.

Regarding road closures, Mosely Road will be closed indefinitely due to a sinkhole, and Otterdale Road is closed at multiple locations due to high water. Schools have no infrastructure damage and were operating on a two hour delay today.

Building Inspections and Chesterfield Fire and EMS are in the process of damage assessments. Crews started at 7 a.m. today going throughout the county to assess the impacts of the storms.

Additional Road Closure Information

Go to 511 Virginia Select Chesterfield County under the jurisdictions tab.

Storm Debris Disposal

Both Chesterfield County Convenience Centers will be open regular hours today and will be waiving the fee for vegetative storm debris. Other routine fees still apply. There will be no curbside debris pickup. The convenience center locations are as follows:

  • Northern Area Convenience Center - 3200 Warbro Road, Midlothian
  • Southern Area Convenience Center - 6670 Landfill Drive, Chester

Important Phone Numbers During Severe Weather

  • For non-emergency situations, please call 804-748-1251. Calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies only.
  • To report power outages, call Dominion Energy at 866-366-4357 or via your smartphone at dom.com.
  • To report downed trees, flooding or any road hazard, call the Virginia Department of Transportation Customer Service Center at 800-367-7623.
  • If you have nonemergency questions and concerns, call 804-751-2362.
  • Keep cell phones charged for the latest information.

TurnAroundDontDrownTurn Around, Don't Drown

Though the forecast for our area looks much better than it did just a couple of days ago, we still are expecting impacts from Hurricane Florence, including potential for heavy rain showers and isolated flooding that could close roads in some areas. If while driving you come across high water, turn around. It's not worth the risk!

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  • Evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods
  • Missing persons
  • Severe weather
  • Unexpected road closures

Get A Kit

Emergency kits should contain supplies that will last each person and pet for at least three days. Be sure to include:

  • Food and water for each person and pet for three days
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Blankets
  • Extra clothes
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Weather radio
  • Medications and toiletries
  • Full tank of gas in your vehicle

Detailed information on assembling a kit can be found on the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management website.

Be A Good Neighbor

Remember to check on elderly or disabled neighbors in your community during an emergency.

Pets and Storm Safety

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and the information is up-to-date. Also include contact information for an out-of-town friend.
  • Create a buddy system in case you are not home – ask a neighbor to check on pets.
  • Build an emergency kit: food, water, medicines, important documents, a pet carrier and familiar items.

Tips for Preparing for High Wind

  • Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could become airborne and cause damage.
  • Clean out gutters and storm drains to keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches so rainwater can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding.
  • Rake leaves to cut down on flying debris and prevent clogged storm drains.
  • Stock up your emergency supply kit. Heavy winds can often lead to power outages, sometimes for days at a time.

Vegetative Debris Accepted at County Convenience Centers

Chesterfield accepts vegetative debris at its Northern Area and Southern Area convenience centers: guidelines and locations.