It is clear that Virginia is facing a potential dire impact from Hurricane Florence, with the storm rapidly intensifying and now predicting to grow into a potential Category 3 or even Category 4 Hurricane with winds of up to 150 mph. Currently it is predicted to hit the coast of North Carolina sometime Thursday evening. However, the trajectory is changing by the hour and we will keep you informed as more information comes to our office.

There is an increased risk of life threatening impacts from Florence including storm surge and inland flooding in Virginia. Below is critical information our office has compiled from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for you and your family as we prepare for Hurricane Florence:

A state of emergency has been declared by the Governor due to the potential impacts our area could face by Hurricane Florence beginning 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 track of Hurricane Florence is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that Virginia may see significant impacts from this storm. Impacts include possible flooding, high winds, and potential storm surge. Below is the latest update from Wakefield Weather Service:
– Increasing threat of storm conditions across the local area.
– Based on the latest forecast, impacts from tropical storm force winds could start as early as late Wednesday.
– Confidence is increasing that Florence could stall, potentially leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event.
– An extended period of moderate to major coastal flooding is possible for Thursday through the weekend.
– Large swells will continue this week, these swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.
– Uncertainties still exist:
Changes in the forecast track will greatly change the impacts felt across the local area – Continue to monitor the latest forecast from NWS Wakefield and the National Hurricane Center.

Click here for more detailed information from the Wakefield Weather Service

Outages & Preparation Tips
Now is the time to examine any needed hurricane preparedness plans and ensure that you are prepared – the window for ensuring you are prepared is getting smaller.

KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ZONE

Citizens should make necessary preparations now to evacuate to higher ground, starting with knowing in which zone your home and business are located. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has several evacuation zones, now is the time for you to “know your zone” and prepare if an evacuation is necessary:

Residents in Coastal Virginia, especially those in evacuation zones A and B, should begin preparing for potential evacuation. An evacuation decision will be made Monday, September 10. If ordered, instructions about evacuation will be communicated via social media, television, radio, newspapers, and through local and state emergency management websites.

To find out your evacuation zone, visit here:

Hurricane Evacuation Zone – Coastal Virginia

Dominion: (866) 366-4357, and their outage map can be found HERE.
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For helpful preparation tips, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
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For updates on Tropical Storm Florence, follow the National Hurricane Center on Twitter.
National Weather Service Phone (public): 757-899-4200
Web: http://www.weather.gov/akg
Facebook: NWSWakefieldVA

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