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Chesterfield County is under ‘enhanced’ risk for severe weather on Tuesday, Jan. 9

The National Weather Service has upgraded Tuesday’s potential severe weather event to “enhanced” for Chesterfield County.
Chad Arant, emergency management director for the county, provided an update from the 11 a.m. weather briefing with the National Weather Service.
“We have a storm front that’s going to come through tonight (Monday, Jan. 8),” he said. “It is going to start bringing some pretty heavy rain.”
Arant added that between the two storms, the county is supposed to pick up some 20-mile-an-hour winds in the morning.
“Chesterfield County is under the enhanced watch from about 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday, Jan. 9),” he said. “We are going to have sustained winds 35 to 45 miles an hour, and we can have the potential for wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour until sunset.”
Other key messages from the briefing include:
-winds increase Tuesday morning with gusts exceeding 40 mph by late morning.
-A line of storms move into the area Tuesday afternoon with potential for significant severe weather
-Flash flooding risk is low, but river flooding is expected by the end of the week.
-Tree limbs could be blown down, resulting in a few power outages.
Winds this strong could make driving difficult. Officials urged people to use extra caution.
“We know people have to go to work,” Arant said. “But the potential to have a lot of trees and power lines down. People need extreme caution if they have to get out in it.”
Weather officials said the worst part for Chesterfield County will be from about lunchtime to dark.
Due to projected severe weather on Tuesday, Chesterfield County School District will operate on an E-Learning Day schedule.
Arant said emergency management will provide updates on its Facebook page at Chesterfield SC Emergency Management.
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