High pressure will be in control for most of the weak leading to plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Temperatures warm to around average for the middle of the week with haze returning from the wildfires out west. Rain chances return by the end of the week as the remnants of Beta track close to the area.
WEDNESDAY: A beautiful and comfortable evening with high clouds moving in and temperatures in the low 70s. Likely a nice sunset with the haze. A refreshing night and not quite as chilly. Clouds increasing for the night. Lows in the upper 40s for our West Virginia locations, low to mid 50s in the Valley. A few areas of patchy fog in lower valleys.
THURSDAY: Morning temperatures rising into the 60s, a pleasant start. Mostly cloudy and still a pleasant day, fairly cloudy. Highs in the low to mid 70s in the afternoon, another warm day. Staying hazy but a beautiful day. Cloudy and mild overnight with lows in the low to mid 50s.
FRIDAY: Morning temperatures rising into the 60s, a mild morning with some remaining haze and fairly cloudy. Remnant moisture from tropical storm Beta looks to move in for the day. Expect scattered showers for the day. The best chance of steadier rain is south of Rt. 33. More spotty showers north with minimal rainfall totals. With the clouds and showers highs will be in the mid to upper 60s. Around 70 in the northern areas with less rain. Still pleasant but feeling cooler with rain.
A few lingering light showers for the evening especially early. Fog overnight with patchy drizzle. Lows in the mid to upper 50s overnight.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent Daniel Gade have sparred over the dangers of the coronavirus, when to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and other topics Wednesday in the first debate of their Senate race.
Warner is a Democrat and former governor and the heavy favorite to win re-election for a third Senate term - despite the fact that he almost lost six years ago.
[ Sen. Warner, Daniel Gade discuss upcoming 2020 election battle ]
Gade – a political newcomer, Army veteran and professor at American University – says he’s uniting various divisions of the GOP under a message of shrinking the size of government and restoring power to the people. His opponent Warner, who is seeking a third term, is a former Virginia Governor who is also known as the co-founder of the company that became Nextel.
Virginia has titled heavily Democratic since then, owing to the large population growth in urban and suburban areas and President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in the state.
The debate was moderated by Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press.
Sheriff Donald Smith with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports that a police chase occurred on late Wednesday afternoon.
Michael Shaffer, 39, of Lexington was wanted on 16 charges, according to Smith. The chase started in the Rockbridge area and came into Augusta County.
Shaffer wrecked the stolen car he was driving, and ran into a cornfield. Smith says drones and canines were used to find him. Shaffer was arrested and taken into custody.
Shaffer has some facial injuries and was transported to Augusta Health before being taken to the sheriff’s office.
Staunton, Albemarle County, Augusta County and state police all assisted in the chase. Smith says the chase had been going on for an hour and a half to two hours.
This year, National Child Passenger Safety Week takes place from Sept. 20 - Sept. 26, and Harrisonburg Fire Department’s Child Safety Seat Technician, Brianna Petit, wants to remind parents how important it is to make sure your car seats are installed correctly.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children,” Petit said “Three out of four car seats are usually installed incorrect and the parent doesn’t realize it.”
The Harrisonburg Fire Department offers free car seat installations and inspections, as well as a low-income car seat program for those who qualify.
Petit says it is important to make sure you’re harnessing your child correctly and that the car seat does not move more than one inch from side to side.
“And make sure it’s facing the appropriate way for your child’s age,” Petit said.
Under Virginia law, car seats need to be rear-facing until the child is two-years-old. After that, the child can face forward but needs to remain in a car or booster seat until age eight. For more information on child safety in cars, or to schedule a time to have your car seat inspected, contact Brianna Petit at (540) 810-0527 or through email at Brianna.Petit@HarrisonburgVA.gov
Following Tuesday night’s two-alarm fire at Staunton’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore, fire crews were back on scene Wednesday for another two-alarm fire.
Staunton Fire Chief, Scott Garber said crews were on scene Wednesday morning investigating last night’s fire, when they saw more flames just before 9:15 a.m.
Chief Garber said Wednesday’s fire is being investigated as suspicious and is unrelated to Tuesday’s fire.
Angela Terry, Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity ReStore Director said she is disappointed this happened, but they plan to continue serving the community.
“We’re going to be able to relocate to the Waynesboro store for now, and then once we assess the damage here we’ll figure out what needs to be done,” Terry said.
Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Lance Barton said it’s in their DNA to rebuild and that’s what they will do.
“We’re very grateful no one was hurt, and we really appreciate the efforts of fire and rescue,” Barton said.
Stay with us for updates as this story develops.
Staunton Fire & Rescue is investigating a two-alarm fire that happened Tuesday night at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore along Richmond Road.
Chief Scott Garber tells WHSV that the call came in around 11 p.m. and smoke was visible from outside the building when firefighters arrived on scene.
Garber said crews had the fire out within five to 10 minutes and the rest of the time on scene was spent looking for hidden, small pockets of fire.
“The interior of the building, the fire was pretty much contained to a storage room area, but there’s smoke and water damage throughout the building," said Garber.
Garber confirms no one was in the building at the time of the blaze and that no firefighters were injured while responding.
The City of Harrisonburg and the Harrisonburg Fire Department is warning residents after a phone scammer posing as the fire department tried to solicit money from a local resident.
According to a press release from the City of Harrisonburg, the scammer tells residents they are calling on behalf of HFD for a fundraiser. The scammer tries to trick residents into donating money or revealing bank information to support local firefighters.
The Harrisonburg Fire Department does not solicit money or conduct fundraising events, and officials say they will never call you asking for money.
If you receive a call like this, you should contact HFD at 540-432-7703.
A member of Augusta County’s Broadband Committee, David Henderson, said the COVID-19 pandemic has focused a laser light on internet needs exacerbating a long-existing problem.
Two committee members updated the Augusta County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night during a regularly scheduled meeting.
Henderson said broadband access is impacting telehealth, telecommuting, and online learning.
Broadband Committee Chairman JR Lawhorne said nearly 50% of Augusta County citizens are dissatisfied with their broadband, according to a survey.
The county’s low density makes it more expensive to build networks, according to Lawhorne, and that makes it less enticing to providers.
“If you live in Augusta County and you’re one of the 40% of our parcels or our residents that would rather live on two acres or more then you probably have this problem and it’s not gonna get better and it’s not gonna be inexpensive to solve,” Lawhorne said.
“We’ve got to do something,” Augusta County Board of Supervisor Vice-Chair, Pam Carter, said. “The citizens, we’re doing a disservice to our citizens of this county by not having a bigger broadband base.”
The Broadband Committee asked county leaders for their continued support in matching grant fund applications.
The protests come after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.