Bell Sounds from the 20th - Be Prepared for Hurricane Florence

As you may already be aware, a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor due to the potential impacts our area could face by Hurricane Florence later this week.  A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist in storm response and recovery efforts.

While the exact track of Hurricane Florence is still uncertain, Florence continues to intensify, and it appears increasingly likely that she will hit the East Coast later this week as a major hurricane.  Current forecast models indicate that Florence could strike the Carolinas and enter Central Virginia, possibly stalling and dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. Much of Virginia, including here locally, is likely to see significant impacts from this storm toward the end of this week. This could include widespread and dangerous flooding, inundation of roads and damaged infrastructure. Potential widespread power outages are also expected. 

With this storm the biggest risk comes not from the winds but from the water.  While much of the impact would be in coastal areas, there is a significant concern that many areas of Virginia will see significant rainfall which could lead to severe flooding inland.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is urging ALL Virginians to take this storm extremely seriously and prepare accordingly. 

Virginians should prepare for rising waters, flash flooding, and remember to never drive across flooded roadways. Most injuries and deaths occur when motorists try to cross flooded roads. Roads and bridges can be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream.

The time to prepare is NOW.  Get your home, business and family ready for whatever impacts this storm may bring.  Hurricane season lasts through November 30, so more storms may target Virginia this year. 

Visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes to learn how to prepare for these deadly storms.

I’ve also included some links below to help you prepare for Hurricane Florence:

For updates on Tropical Storm Florence, follow the National Hurricane Center on Twitter.

If you lose power, be sure to report the outage to your respective provider.

  • Dominion - 1-866-366-4357 or report online
  • Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop. - 1-800-234-7832
  • Central Virginia Electric Coop. - 800-367-2832
  • Appalachian Power – 1-800-956-4237  or online  

To check road conditions, you can call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org.

For general information about the storm and the response effort, visit www.vaemergency.gov or download the Ready Virginia App.

To get the latest local school closings, cancellations and weather conditions please visit one of our local media outlets. (www.whsv.com, www.nbc29.com, www.wsvaonline.com

Please make sure to use 9-1-1 only for true emergencies.

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