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Florence becomes post-tropical cyclone

Florence is now a post-tropical cyclone as it slowly weakening while moving up the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Florence is moving slowly east near 13 mph. Florence is forecast to be absorbed by a loew pressure system come Thursay.

Radar data and surface observations indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 25 mph with higher gusts.

Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall in the northeastern United States.

5 a.m. Tuesday update

Location: 41.3°N 75.9°W

Moving: N at 13 mph

Min pressure: 1006 mb

Max sustained: 25 mph

Interactive Radar | Latest Forecast | Warnings 

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Florence is already pushing water toward the east coast.  That means we’ll be dealing with tidal flooding this weekend.  Here’s a look at the tide forecast at Sewells Point.

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Just finished this Facebook Live update on Florence.

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N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper issues emergency orders to help farmers ahead of Florence

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper issues emergency orders to help farmers ahead of Florence

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Mandatory evacuation ordered for Dare County ahead of Florence impacts

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Florence strengthens to Category 4, expected to be extremely dangerous storm

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Hampton City prepares for possible impact as Florence moves east

Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4, with winds of 130 mph.
It is expected to become a major threat to Virginia and North
Carolina.Florence’s path continues to be unpredictable, but the storm is large
and effects will be felt well beyond the center of the path, with heavy rain,
coastal flooding and strong winds.
The National Weather Service office in Wakefield predicted that Hampton
residents could begin to see tropical force winds Wednesday evening. Current
predictions also expect another 3-7 inches of rain by Monday, Sept.
17. That’s on top of the more than 6.6 inches that fell in parts of
Hampton on Sunday. The area has already seen above average on rainfall this
summer.
Hampton city officials are making plans in case the storm moves this way. Public
Works crews have been out daily since Friday, doing increased maintenance of
ditches. Generators are being filled, and all departments are making emergency
plans. The weather service, and Hampton’s Office of Emergency Management,
urges everyone to review their hurricane plans and to check their disaster
supplies. City Manager Mary Bunting said on Saturday that residents in the two
lowest-lying zones (Zone A and Zone B) should consider making plans in case
they need to evacuate.
City officials mailed address-specific magnets to Hampton households this
summer showing each home’s zone. You can also check your zone at
knowyourzoneva.org. Evacuating might not mean leaving the city or region. The
state map shows areas that are in higher zones or out of coastal flooding risk.
State and local emergency management officials urge residents to: 

  • Watch
    the city’s social media accounts or sign up for news and emergency alerts
    at hampton.gov/notifyme
  • Based
    on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation
    or sheltering in place.
  • Gather
    needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s
    specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of
    pets. 

City officials will continue monitoring the storm through the weekend and into
next week.

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Navy orders nearly 30 ships to leave Hampton Roads ahead of Hurricane Florence

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NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island closes ahead of Hurricane Florence

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has announced that it will close to the public beginning Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in anticipation of hazardous weather conditions from Hurricane Florence. 

The aquarium will remain closed to guests until further notice, and a reopening date will be announced once the weather event is determined to no longer be a danger. Announcements and updates will be posted to the aquarium’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on the aquarium website.

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Portsmouth City Garages Open 9/12 at 12 p.m.



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Portsmouth City Garages Open 9/12 at 12 p.m.

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City of Newport News Preparing for Florence

Emergency Management is keeping an eye on the storm and monitoring closely.
Essential personnel have been notified that there will be shifts added – some department staffing will increase to 24 hours.
Storm water departments and Public Works for the city are checking drainage centers extensively, looking for any choke points that may flood easily.
Generators are being secured for traffic lights, pumping stations, buildings, etc.
Construction sites are being secured so that no loose material flies away.
Traffic engineers are securing barriers and cones to block off roadways closed for flooding.
City officials are encouraging citizens to Know Evacuation Zones in their areas. They are in touch with partners and schools so that if shelters are needed schools will be opened.

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State of Local Emergency declared for City of Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Manager and Director of Emergency Management, Dr. L. Pettis Patton, has issued a Declaration of Local Emergency due to the threat of Hurricane Florence impacting the City of Portsmouth. The Declaration went into effect this morning, Monday, September 10th, at 8:30 a.m.

At 6 p.m. this evening, the Portsmouth City Council’s scheduled Public Work Session will be dedicated to staff presentations, discussions, and updates on the topic of the City’s preparations for Hurricane Florence. The Public Work Session will be held in the City Council Chamber, Portsmouth City Hall, 801 Crawford Street, 6th floor.

Presentations will include:
• Current forecast and update
• Sheltering

• Communications/Media Relations

• Community Relations/Counseling
• Streets and Highways
• Know Your Zone – Evacuation Routes
• Public Utilities and Public Works/Waste Management Update

-The Tuesday, September 11th, Public Work Session, the Regular Meeting of City Council, and the 9-11 Never Forget Remembrance Ceremony have been cancelled.

-The Department of Public Works announces that all Waste Management services- trash, bulk, and recycling collections- will be cancelled from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11th, until further notice.

As the City of Portsmouth’s Emergency Management staff and all City Departments are hard at work in preparing for Hurricane Florence, citizens and businesses are urged to get ready and prepare, also. FEMA’s link: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How is a helpful tool and resource for your personal preparations.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT— You Need To…

– Know Your Zone! Find out today if you do not know your evacuation zone at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/.

– Make a Kit of emergency and battery-operated supplies and tools, including a weather radio; plenty of batteries; non-perishable food items; plenty of drinking water; manual can openers; medications; various hygiene and first-aid items; cash money; cell phone car chargers, etc.;

– Make a Plan of how you will direct and communicate with your family members during and after the storm; how you will secure lawn items and protect your interior household items and your property; how you will function if you lose power, when you will gas up your vehicles in advance of the storm, etc.; and

– Stay Informed and tuned in to the local news media and weather channels before, during, and after the storm so that you will know the forecast, heed all warnings and directions from emergency management officials – which could include city shelter announcements, mandatory evacuation orders, etc.

Please take the time NOW to purchase, gather, do all of the “etc.” items and actions that will be important as part of your personal preparations!

The City of Portsmouth has established a Help Desk for citizens with questions or concerns about Hurricane Florence preparedness and municipal services during this weather event. The number is (757) 407-9143.

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Click here to hear Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest updates and evacuations.

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City of Virginia Beach Preparing for Hurricane Florence

The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service/Wakefield, is preparing for the worst conditions surrounding Hurricane Florence. While the exact path of the storm is still shifting, the models indicate our area could receive as much as 15-20 inches of rain along with sustained hurricane-force winds.

City departments are making storm preparations, including checking storm drains and pump stations, inspecting and securing equipment, and servicing generators and chain saws. The City has received reports that the recent heavy bursts of rain have caused isolated street flooding and that yard debris bags and even timber are blocking storm drain inlets in some places. The City has more than 40,000 storm drains. Please Adopt A Drain in your neighborhood to make sure all visible impediments are removed. If the water doesn’t drain after the rain subsides, report street flooding and drains that require maintenance by calling (757) 385‐1470 or 311 or make a service request online at http://www.vbgov.com/service-requests or through the VB Works app, available for iPhone and Android.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has ordered an evacuation of residents in areas throughout Hampton Roads designated as Zone A (see map) beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. City Manager Dave Hansen has encouraged those who live in Zone A the Southern part of the City, including Sandbridge, Back Bay and Blackwater, to consider relocating in advance of the storm as the storm track appears to pose the most significant threat to this part of our city. For residents who plan on leaving the area and traveling significantly inland, the Governor’s schedule attempts to spread out traffic and minimize gridlock. For residents who plan to stay locally, the City of Virginia Beach will be opening shelters starting at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at the following locations:

• Kellam High School (2665 W Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)
• Corporate Landing Middle School (1597 Corporate Landing Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA 23454)
• Old Donation School (4633 Honeygrove Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455)
• Fieldhouse (medically friendly shelter) – (2020 Landstown Centre Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)
The following shelters will be opened Friday morning:
• Landstown High School (2001 Concert Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)
• Green Run High School (1700 Dahlia Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23453)
• Tallwood High School (1668 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464)

Individuals who plan on relocating to a shelter should bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. Click here for rules, a list of what supplies to bring and items that are prohibited in shelters.

Additional Information for Residents:
1. Do not block storm drains or inlets with yard debris bags or any other objects. We have even seen timber blocking drains. Per City Code, only put yard debris bags out for collection on your scheduled pickup day and make sure bags are out of the water line.
2. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds, like lawn furniture and potted plants.
3. Sign up for VBAlert here to get emergency alerts from the City of Virginia Beach via text message and/or email.
4. Visit http://www.Ready.gov for a good list of supplies to have on hand, including drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger and blankets.
5. Know Your Zone. Citizens should make necessary preparations now should evacuation become necessary, starting with Knowing Your Zone—the state’s system for identifying areas in which homes and businesses are located. The state maintains the website, http://www.KnowYourZoneVA.org, which allows people to type in their addresses to find their designated zones. Resources are also available on the website to learn more about the program, what to plan for and expect in the event of an evacuation, and how to ensure you are ready once you receive evacuation instructions. The site has had heavy traffic so if it is not available when someone first tries it, try again. We are providing this map to show general zone areas for reference.
6. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan evacuation routes from home, work and school and how you will be in touch with members of your family.
7. Parking Garages Available. Starting Wednesday night, the municipal garages in Town Center and in the resort area (9th, 25th and 31st streets) will be open for residents in low-lying areas to park vehicles during the storm free of charge.
8. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather and http://www.VBgov.com/beprepared.
9. Roads Status. The City of Virginia Beach is working with WAZE (app is available for Android and iPhone) to document and report road conditions. Residents can report flooding or other hazardous road conditions directly on the app or by calling 311.
10. Cancellations and Service Changes. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, the City will maintain on VBGov.com a list of event cancellations, closings, service changes and other announcements related to the storm.
11. Get The Latest. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and monitor local news for severe weather updates and directions provided by local officials. For the most up-to-date information from the City of Virginia Beach, tune to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:
VBgov.com
• VBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information, including our city operational status and facility closures.
• Social media sites:
o Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach
o Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach
o Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/cityofvabeach
• Citizen Services: 311 is available 24 hours a day for questions and reporting non-emergency conditions. Please only call or text 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

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NSU cancelling classes, university issuing a mandatory evacuation for all students

The University is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all members of the NSU community. In light of the State of Emergency declared by Governor Northam and recent forecast models from the National Weather Service indicating that Hurricane Florence will directly impact the Hampton Roads region, NSU will cancel all classes at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Due to the potential for significant flooding, the University is issuing a mandatory evacuation for all students.

 All students should make appropriate plans to leave campus. Information on traffic and road conditions can be obtained by calling 511 or visiting http://www.511virginia.org

NSU will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and resume normal operating hours on Monday, September 17, 2018. All University events and activities will be canceled during this period. Employees are expected to work until closing on Tuesday, September 11, but may request leave from their supervisors as early as 12:30 p.m. All essential personnel should report to duty as normally scheduled unless advised otherwise by their supervisors.

For additional information regarding the closure or any announcements that may affect campus operations, please look for official updates on your university email via webmail at https://webmail.nsu.edu, NSU Alerts or by downloading the LiveSafe app (iPhone Android). Monitoring local television stations for official NSU closing or delayed opening information is also advised. In addition, please follow NSU on Facebook and Twitter. Campus emergencies or request for assistance should be reported to the University Police Department by calling 757.823.8102.

Read more updates on nsu.edu/weather
Please be safe and stay alert. #nsualerts #hurricaneflorence

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Virginia delegates ask President Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Florence

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Emergency shelters in Suffolk

Governor Ralph Northam issued mandatory evacuations for residents in Zone A and all mobile park homes in his press conference this evening. Citizens are reminded to seek shelter first with friends or family nearby in Zone C or D. If you are unsure of your zone, visit http://www.KnowYourZoneVA.org to learn more.

If you must leave, it is recommended that you travel north. As a last resort, the following emergency shelters in Suffolk will open at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th:

• King’s Fork High School, 351 Kings Fork Road (ADA compliant, fully generator powered for citizens who are medically dependent on electricity)
• Nansemond River High School, 3301 Nansemond Parkway (ADA compliant, pet-friendly, generator power for emergency lighting and to support the kitchen freezers only).

The City of Suffolk utilizes several methods to keep our citizens informed in emergencies, including Suffolk On the Alert, a free emergency and non-emergency notification system that sends email updates on important information to residents. To create a Suffolk on the Alert account, visit https://suffolk.onthealert.com. You can also follow the City of Suffolk on Facebook @suffolkva and Twitter @CityofSuffolk for updates.

As previously noted, emergency shelters should be considered a means of last resort once all other safe options have been exhausted.

Important information regarding rules, what to bring, prohibited items and more are noted below:

Evacuation Shelter Rules
• You must sign in before being officially admitted into any shelter
• “Shelter hopping” is not permitted
• You are responsible for your belongings. Valuables should always be locked in your car or kept with you. The shelter is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items
• Parents are responsible for controlling the actions of and knowing the whereabouts of their children. Children should not be left unattended.
• If you have a medical condition or are taking medications, please notify the shelter registrar for referral to the nurse.
• Noise levels should be kept at a minimum during all hours of the day. Quiet hours are observed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
• Please do your best to keep the shelter as neat and orderly possible.
What to Bring to a Shelter
Be sure to bring enough supplies to last at least five days (increased from three days for this event) for each family member.
• bottled water
• manual can opener and cooler
• portable flashlight and batteries
• folding chairs
• cot/sleeping bag/blanket and pillow
• first aid kit and any medications
• ID, car keys, credit cards and cash
• photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies)
• canned/packaged food
• disposable plates, cups, utensils, etc.
• battery powered radio, TV
• change of comfortable clothing and shoes
• quiet games, toys, books, cards
• toiletries, glasses/contacts, hearing aids and dentures
• special-diet foods
• baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.)
Prohibited Items
• alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances
• pets (except assistance dogs)
• loud radios or televisions
• smoking, matches, lighters
• weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.)
When to consider going to a shelter
• You live in an evacuation zone where there likely will be flooding
• You live in a mobile home or trailer
• You know your building is unsafe and you cannot repair it before the storm
• You use life-support equipment that requires electricity
If none of these conditions apply to you, you should think about staying put and fortifying your home, something experts call “sheltering in place.” However, if your house is not prepared and fortified or windows or doors are not properly covered, even the weaker winds at the perimeter of a hurricane can cause serious damage.

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Evacuations have been ordered in Virginia, look up your evacuation zone here

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Florence updates from Currituck County Gov.

The evacuation that began this morning at 7 am is for vacationers and guests in Corolla and Carova ONLY. 

At this time, no evacuations have been ordered for year-round residents or the mainland.

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Currituck Alert and receive free text message updates regarding Hurricane Florence by texting FLO2018 to 888-777.

Property owners who wish to check on properties in Corolla or Carova WILL be allowed in to the area.

Re-entry permits are not being issued this close to the storm. Anyone who has lost their permits may use a driver’s license, tax bill, or utility bill if necessary.

The Currituck Clerk of Superior Court announced that Criminal District Court scheduled for Sept. 12 is cancelled, and the Small Claim Court scheduled for Sept. 14 is cancelled.

All Parks and Recreation games and practices scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14 are cancelled.

The Currituck Heritage Festival scheduled for Sept. 15 is cancelled.

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Click to watch Norfolk officials update the city on hurricane preparations 

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Message from Isle of Wight County Schools:

Because of the severe weather projected for the area, all Isle of Wight County Schools will be closed Wednesday through Friday of this week. Twelve month personnel will be notified about their status for tomorrow. There is no change in today’s schedule or after school activities. Thursday night’s School Board meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Any updates on school schedules for next week will be shared using the Connect 5 alert system. Information will also be posted on the division’s website and social media accounts, and forwarded to the local newspapers and television stations.
Announcements on the opening of shelters at Smithfield Middle and Windsor High will be made by officials with Isle of Wight County. Information will be shared through their website and the IWAlert system. Questions can be directed to the Department of Emergency Services at 757-365-6308.
Finally we encourage all of our families and staff members to take precautions now to ensure their safety both during and after the storm.
Once again, all Isle of Wight County Schools are closed Wednesday through Friday. Today will be a regular school day. 12 month personnel will be notified about their status for tomorrow. Stay safe everyone!

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Update from ODU:

Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence on the region, the following changes have been made to the Old Dominion Athletics schedule this weekend.

WOMEN’S SOCCER:
-The North Texas at Old Dominion match scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. has been POSTPONED to Sunday, Oct. 28.
-The Richmond at Old Dominion match slated for Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. is still on schedule for now, please check back to ODUSports.com for further updates.


FIELD HOCKEY:

– The Providence at Old Dominion match scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. in Norfolk will now be played on Friday, Sept. 14, at 12 p.m. at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.


FOOTBALL:

– The Bobby Wilder Coach’s Show scheduled for Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe has been cancelled.
– The Charlotte game is still scheduled to be played in Charlotte on Saturday at 6 p.m.

For future updates, stay tuned to ODUSports.com.

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Click here to watch North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper give updates ahead of Hurricane Florence

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Camden County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, September 12 (optional workday for staff)

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W&M Football update:

With the approach of
Hurricane Florence, the football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept 15, between
Elon and William & Mary is postponed. The two schools will work closely
with the Colonial Athletic Association and make every effort to reschedule the
competition, but no make-up date has been identified.

“The safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans are paramount to any
athletic contest and we must do our part to ensure their safety throughout the
weather event,” William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge
said. “Our thoughts are with all of those in the storm’s path and our first
responders.”

After this evening’s men’s soccer game vs. Longwood, all athletics events
scheduled for the William & Mary campus have been either canceled or
postponed through Sunday, Sept. 16.

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Hampton University sports updates:

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence, all Hampton University athletic events have been postponed through Tuesday.
Any updates to makeup games will be posted on Hamptonpirates.com along with all social media platforms.

September 14
Volleyball vs. Coppin State at Dig The District Invitational, 1pm, Washington, DC
Women’s Soccer vs. Gardner-Webb, 2 pm
Volleyball at George Washington at Dig The District Invitational, 7 pm, Washington, DC

September 15
Sailing at Laser Singlehanded Qualifier #2, Annapolis, Md.
Cross Country at UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational, Princess Anne, Md.
Volleyball vs. Alabama A&M at Dig The District Invitational, 3 pm, Washington, DC
Football vs. Tennessee State, Armstrong Stadium, 6 pm
Volleyball at Georgetown at Dig The District Invitational, 7 pm, Washington, DC

September 16
Sailing at Laser Singlehanded Qualifier #2, Annapolis, Md.

September 17
Men’s/Women’s Golf in Hampton Invitational, Suffolk, Va.

September 18
Men’s/Women’s Golf in Hampton Invitational, Suffolk, Va.

Home events in bold

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President Trump approves emergency declaration for Virginia ahead of Florence

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Info on evacuations, shelters, solid waste collections, and sand bags for Newport News residents

Evacuation

Governor Northam has issued mandatory evacuation orders for those living in Zone A. Residents in Zone A are strongly encouraged to shelter with family or friends locally who live outside of any evacuation zone. Zone information can be found here or by calling the City’s 311 Center at (757) 933-2311. If you must leave the area, please go north out of the storm’s path and leave as early as possible. As a last resort, city shelters are opening at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 12.

Shelters

The following shelters will open at noon on Wednesday, September 12, for those who have no other alternative. Residents without transportation to a shelter can call the 311 Center at (757) 933-2311 for options.

• Denbigh High School – 259 Denbigh Boulevard – General Population
• Menchville High School – 275 Menchville Road – Medically Dependent and General Population
• Warwick High School – 51 Copeland Lane – General Population and Residents with Pets – Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages. Owners will be required to need to provide food, water are required for all pets.

Residents should bring the following to shelters:
– any medications or special needs equipment as well as caregivers;
– air mattresses, blankets, and pillows;
– special items for babies and toddlers, the elderly and handicapped;
– reading materials and games;
– toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.);
– clothing;
– water (at least one gallon per person per day for three days);
– non-perishable food; special diet foods, including foods for seniors and infants;
– first aid kit;
– important documents;
– reading materials and games; and
– battery operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

Solid Waste Collections

Solid waste (trash, recycling and bulk waste) will be collected as scheduled on Wednesday, September 12. Collections will not take place on Thursday, September 13, and will instead be picked-up on Monday, September 17. Next week’s regular collections will be delayed one day (i.e., Monday’s collections will take place on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, etc.).

Free Sandbags for Residents

Free sandbags are available for residents to pick up (proof of residency required) on Wednesday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 511 Oyster Point Road. Citizens can pick up 20 bags per person, while supplies last. For questions, call 311 at (757) 933-2311.

More information on http://www.nnva.gov, http://www.facebook.com/CityofNewportNews, https://twitter.com/CityofNN.

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Statement from Sentara Healthcare on Hurricane Florence

Sentara Healthcare has implemented its hospital and facility-specific emergency management plan in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Our personnel train regularly for weather-related events such as hurricanes and are well-prepared to ensure the safety and care of our patients, members, staff and providers.

As the storm progresses, patients may be discharged from hospitals as appropriate to keep families together and allow travel to safer locations. Please stay in touch with your loved one who is hospitalized by phone, text or email as the storm approaches. In addition, physician office appointments, diagnostic tests or other out-patient services may be cancelled and need to be rescheduled after the storm. The complete list of facility closings and elective procedure cancellations may be found on http://www.sentara.com/weather. We will provide regular updates at this website and through our social media channels as the storm moves closer.

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City of Norfolk Opens Additional Parking Garages

The City of Norfolk has
updated the list of parking garages open to the public for use during the
storm.  The following garages will open at 7 p.m. tonight.

  • York
    Street (215 W. York Street)
  • Bank
    Street (441 Bank Street)
  • Town
    Point (110 W Main Street)
  • Main Street
    (230 E Main Street)
  • Waterside
    (50 Martins Lane)
  • West
    Plume (135 W Plume Street)
  • City
    Hall South (999 E Main Street)
  • Fountain
    Park (130 Bank Street)
  • Charlotte
    Street (440 Monticello Avenue)

As a reminder, the following
Old Dominion University garages are available as well.

  • ODU
    Garage A – 4310 Elkhorn Avenue
  • ODU
    Garage B – 1330 W 43rd Street
  • ODU
    Garage C – 1067 W 43rd Street (beside Ted)
  • ODU
    Garage D – 1060 W 45th Street (beside Ted)
  • ODU
    Garage E – 5000 Bluestone Avenue (beside football stadium)
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City of Norfolk Opens Additional Parking Garages

The City of Norfolk has
updated the list of parking garages open to the public for use during the
storm.  The following garages will open at 7 p.m. tonight.

  • York
    Street (215 W. York Street)
  • Bank
    Street (441 Bank Street)
  • Town
    Point (110 W Main Street)
  • Main Street
    (230 E Main Street)
  • Waterside
    (50 Martins Lane)
  • West
    Plume (135 W Plume Street)
  • City
    Hall South (999 E Main Street)
  • Fountain
    Park (130 Bank Street)
  • Charlotte
    Street (440 Monticello Avenue)

As a reminder, the following
Old Dominion University garages are available as well.

  • ODU
    Garage A – 4310 Elkhorn Avenue
  • ODU
    Garage B – 1330 W 43rd Street
  • ODU
    Garage C – 1067 W 43rd Street (beside Ted)
  • ODU
    Garage D – 1060 W 45th Street (beside Ted)
  • ODU
    Garage E – 5000 Bluestone Avenue (beside football stadium)
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Ferry Division Announces Final Evacuation Schedules From Ocracoke

OCRACOKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend operations on the Hatteras Inlet route after tomorrow’s 8 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Hatteras.
The division also will suspend ferry operations on Pamlico Sound after the 9:30 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter.

These will be the final ferries leaving Ocracoke until Hurricane Florence passes.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

• Ocracoke to Hatteras:
Today: 3:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Tomorrow: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m.
• Ocracoke to Cedar Island:
Today: 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
• Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:
Today: 3:45 p.m.
Tomorrow: 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated 1,582 people from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes.

Ferry Division managers will monitor weather conditions and resume service as soon as it is safe to do so. Re-entry restrictions will be decided by Hyde County Emergency Management.

For real-time updates, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.

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Ferry Division Announces Final Evacuation Schedules From Ocracoke

OCRACOKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend operations on the Hatteras Inlet route after tomorrow’s (Tuesday, September 11) 8 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Hatteras.

The division also will suspend ferry operations on Pamlico Sound after the 9:30 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter.

These will be the final ferries leaving Ocracoke until Hurricane Florence passes.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

• Ocracoke to Hatteras:
Today (Tuesday, September 11): 3:05 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12): 5 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m.

• Ocracoke to Cedar Island:
Today (Tuesday, September 11): 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
• Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:
Today (Tuesday, September 11): 3:45 p.m.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12): 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated 1,582 people from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes.

Ferry Division managers will monitor weather conditions and resume service as soon as it is safe to do so. Re-entry restrictions will be decided by Hyde County Emergency Management.

For real-time updates, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.

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Northampton County updates:

Hurricane Florence
Although the exact track of Hurricane Florence is unknown at this time, we will be feeling impacts from this storm. Flooding, high winds, heavy rainfall will impact the area.

Preparation
Governor Northam has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for all residents living in Zone A. This order went into effect as of 8:00 a.m. this morning.

Regardless of your evacuation zone, Emergency Management officials are advising all residents to prepare for high winds. Residents should continually monitor local media outlets for information regarding the track of Hurricane Florence. Storm movement is subject to change.

Residents should prepare their homes by securing outdoor items such as lawn furniture, gas grills, etc. Additional information can be found in your all-hazards preparedness brochure.

Boat owners should ensure the security of vessels for high wind conditions and greater than normal tidal changes.

Residents should prepare for periodic to sustained loses in electrical power associated with high wind conditions.

As with any major weather event, residents are asked to gather at least the following items in the event of loss of power and access to commercial business.

• Bottled water ( one gallon per person, per day) for 3 days
• Canned or packaged food for 3 days
• Blankets / sleeping bags
• Stock a first aid kit
• A non-electric can opener
• Toiletries
• Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
• Battery operated radio
• Corded telephone
• Extra medicine

Flooding
Based on the current forecasted track of the storm, some low lying areas may be vulnerable to flooding.

Wind
Winds may be significant at times. Mobile homes and RV/camper may be vulnerable to high wind damage.

Evacuation
Zone A is under a Mandatory Evacuation Order as of 8 a.m. this morning. Some areas in zone A include Chincoteague, Greenbackville, Wachapreague, Quinby, Deep Creek, Harborton, and other low-lying areas prone to flooding. Accomack County shelters will open on Wednesday, September 12th, at 5:00 pm. The shelters designated for this event are Arcadia High School, Nandua High School and Nandua Middle School. Nandua Middle School is the designated shelter for Northampton County residents.

Residents who come to a shelter should bring a picture ID and come prepared to be self-sustaining for three days. They should bring nonperishable food items, bedding and hygiene items, changes of clothing, quiet items such as books and games, and whatever medications are needed. No smoking, drugs, alcohol, or weapons of any kind are allowed in the shelter.

Residents who choose to stay home should be prepared to be without power for at least three days. They should have at least one gallon of water per person per day along with nonperishable food items. Bathtubs can be filled with water before the power goes out to supplement bottled water. Hurricane kits with battery-powered radios, flashlights, lanterns, and first aid items are also recommended.

Emergency Operation Center
Emergency Management personnel are monitoring the storm and have been participating in conference calls with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in preparation for possible landfall effects to Virginia.

Know Your Zone For more information in Accomack County, visit ACDPS.net and click on the Emergency Management section. In Northampton County, visit northampton-ems.org. Chincoteague residents can visit chincoteague-va.org.

Northampton Residents Only:

Northampton County will be offering transportation via bus, to the Accomack Hurricane Shelter for our citizens. The Hurricane Shelter for Northampton County residents is located at Nandua Middle School in Onley, VA. Residents wishing to check in to the shelter have the option to drive there as ample parking is available. However, residents that need assistance with transportation or do not wish to drive there may utilize the bus service.

Bus services will be offered from 3 locations in the county:

Kiptopeake Elementary School – 24023 Fairview Road. Cape Charles VA
Northampton High School – 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville VA
Occohannock Elementary School – 4208 Seaside Road, Exmore VA

Pick up time will be at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

• Citizens must arrive at the pick up locations on time.
• Minors will not be permitted to ride the bus without an adult parent or guardian*
• Supplies at the shelter are not guaranteed so please pack to ensure your essentials are met.
• Please pack essentials to cover you and your family for several days, these should includes items such as:
o Means of identification
o Clothing
o Hygiene Items (including a towel)
o Medications-Prescription and Over the Counter
o Water and Non-Perishable Food Items
o Bedding such as Sleeping Bags, Blankets, and Pillows.
o Electronic Chargers
o Entertainment Items-books, and the like are recommended in case of power issues.
• Please pack in a tote or suitcase, while keeping in mind to minimize as much bulk as possible to minimize space
• Vehicles may be left at the schools-you as the owner retain liability for them.
• Personal items will be the responsibility of the individual and we encourage that you label each item.
• Pets will not be allowed on the bus or in the shelter, please make arrangements for your pets prior to boarding the bus.
Return service will be offered to return bus riders to the schools. It is important to remember that this storm is unpredictable and strong. There is no guarantee of the length of time. Buses will be available for return at a date/time to be announced, after it is deemed safe.

If you have any questions please refer to our website http://www.northampton-ems.org or call 757-678-0442

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Hampton VA medical center plans for Hurricane Florence

The hotlines are managed by the Health Resource Center

Veteran Hotline Number: 1-800-507-4571

Employee Disaster Hotline Number:
1-866-233-0152

VBA Hotline Number:
1-800-827-1000

Pharmacy Customer Care:
1- 866-400-1243

HAMPTON, Va. – Due to Hurricane Florence and the mandatory evacuation, the Hampton VA Medical Center has started the transfer of all inpatients. Due to the medical center’s waterside location there is a possibility of loss of access by traffic, and potential damage if the hurricane should directly hit Hampton Roads. All scheduled appointments are cancelled for Hampton VA Medical Center September 13-17.

Staff:
Information will be forthcoming

Outpatient Clinics:
All outpatient clinics in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Albemarle aCLOSED September 12 and will reopen Monday, September 17.

NEW Emergency Department:
The Hampton VAMC Emergency Department will be closing at 7 p.m. September 12 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 16.

Inpatient Visitation:
Starting at 6 p.m. on September 11, all inpatient visitation will be suspended for safety and security reason. The medical center administration will be in continual communication with the patient’s family regarding their transfer location. Please note, all cell phones now remain functioning.

Surgical Procedures:
All scheduled procedures September 11 – 15 will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Medication:
VA has activated the Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan for the impacted area. Please call the Pharmacy Customer Care number at 1-866-400-1243 for all medication questions and refills.

Inpatient Transfer Information:
Community Living Center, Domiciliary and Spinal Cord Injury patients will be transferred to surrounding VA hospitals beginning September 11. The patient’s family and caretakers will be notified.

Dialysis Patients:
Transportation for Hampton facility dialysis patients is being arranged to come for dialysis Tuesday, September 11. Veterans with VA contracted dialysis in the community should be contacted by their facility on alternate dialysis days. Those with VA transportation should call their beneficiary travel center promptly to arrange sooner transportation if necessary.

Office of Community Care:
Community care services will be limited and dependent on community provider availability.

Home Based Primary Care Information:
Veterans who are enrolled with Home Based Primary Care through a community agency should follow that agencies emergency procedures and should contact that agency with questions or concerns. Patients enrolled through HBPC with the VA will be contacted by Hampton VA staff with instructions and information. For Veterans who have VA contracted oxygen, their Commonwealth provider should be contacting them to deliver extra tanks.

Homeless Veterans:
We have contacted our homeless Veterans to ensure their safety. We have communicated that a comprehensive list of preapproved emergency storm shelters for our region is expected to be announced late Sept. 11, 2017. The largest homeless shelter in this region, Union Mission, is full and not accepting new admissions. Additional area shelters, such as, The Salvation Army Hope Center in Norfolk and Peninsula Rescue Mission in Newport News, will be operating on a first-come, first-serve basis when they open the evening of September 11, 2017.

While Hampton VA Medical Center has a thorough and specific hurricane plan to continue to care for our patients as well as for those who may become injured or ill during the inclement weather, please be advised that our facilities are not public hurricane shelters.

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Click here to view a list of Hurricane Shelters in South Hampton Roads

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Click here to view a list of Hurricane Shelters in South Hampton Roads

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VDOT prepared to assist travelers ahead of Hurricane Florence

SUFFOLK– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is assessing travel needs and making preparations to assist motorists ahead of Hurricane Florence. Safety remains VDOT’s top priority as we work to facilitate those under mandatory evacuation in Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore and points south:

• All HOV restrictions have been lifted on Hampton Roads interstates until further notice.

• The 64 Express Lanes, between the I-64/I-264 Interchange and I-564, are open to westbound traffic and will remain open to westbound traffic until further notice. HOV and E-ZPass requirements have been lifted in the system.

• Lane closures on I-64/I-664 have been suspended. The suspension will remain in place until VDOT determines that the critical need has passed.

• The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry will suspend service between Surry County and the Peninsula beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday.

• There will be no lane reversal of the eastbound lanes on Interstate 64 on the Peninsula.

• VDOT has no plans to close any of its water crossings. VDOT closes bridges, ramps or roads only when there is imminent danger to public safety, such as high water, structural damage or downed trees and debris blocking the roadway. The agency will communicate any plans to close a bridge or tunnel through local news outlets, 511Virginia and its own social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor.

Residents are reminded to report damaged roads to VDOT by contacting the VDOT Customer Service Center here or by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511, visiting http://www.511virginia.org or downloading the mobile app at the 511 website.

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Currituck County evacuation assistance

The Currituck Department of Social Services can arrange for evacuation assistance for county residents who have transportation or medical needs and would like to leave for a safer area ahead of Hurricane Florence. Anyone in Currituck County who needs evacuation assistance may call Currituck Social Services at 252-232-3083.

This evacuation assistance applies to Currituck County residents only. Currituck DSS is not authorized to evacuate residents from another county.

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National Guard Prepares for Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2018 — The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared a state of emergency yesterday as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast. The storm is forecast to make landfall along the Atlantic coast Sept. 13 as a major hurricane.

North Carolina
North Carolina will place 320 National Guardsmen on state active duty to integrate into NC Emergency Management’s disaster response plan, National Guard Bureau officials said. There are 7,000 additional North Carolina guardsmen ready to mobilize when called to state active duty by the governor. The North Carolina National Guard’s first priority is safeguarding the lives and property of its state’s citizens, officials said.

National Guard capabilities to support North Carolina in the aftermath of a hurricane include stranded motorist and flood victim rescue using high-water clearance vehicles, warehouse and supply transport, shelter support, food and water distribution, communications support, road closure support and helicopter aquatic rescue teams, officials said.

South Carolina
As of this morning there were about 2,000 South Carolina Army National Guardsmen on state active duty, as well as about 50 airmen, and they will remain on duty as long as needed, according to Army Lt. Col. Cindi King, the director of public affairs for the South Carolina National Guard.

Immediate missions will include aerial and ground support for the South Carolina Highway Patrol if lane reversals are issued and security and assistance for law enforcement officials.

Virginia
The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers, airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s response operations for Hurricane Florence, according to National Guard Bureau officials. Gov. Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 personnel for response operations and those individuals are alerted and on standby.

Potential missions for the Virginia National Guard include high-water transportation, debris reduction, commodity distribution, shelter management assistance and rotary-wing aviation search and rescue, the officials said.

The Virginia National Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers in key locations throughout the commonwealth in order to be ready to rapidly respond if needed, National Guard Bureau officials said. Additional soldiers, airmen and Virginia Defense Force members will be on duty in Richmond and at Fort Pickett to provide mission command, logistics, administrative and public information support.

Maryland
The Maryland National Guard is ready to support the governor, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other partner agencies as they prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence, National Guard Bureau officials said. The Joint Operations Center is manned around the clock, and they are in constant contact with MEMA, ready to respond as needed.

“Military organization and training enables unsurpassed capabilities at home in times of large-scale emergency or disaster response,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeffrey W. Burkett, vice director of domestic operations and force development for the National Guard Bureau. “In other words, the experience and education acquired by National Guard personnel significantly benefits the sense of urgency for us to provide our unique capabilities in times of disaster.”

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Virginia Beach officials preparing for the worst of Hurricane Florence

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‘4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince’ rescheduled to September 23

(Norfolk, Va.) September 11, 2018 – The 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince performance, originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 11 at Chrysler Hall, has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Chrysler Hall.

Tickets purchased for the original September 11 date will be honored for the same seats at the rescheduled show. Tickets for the September 23 performance are on sale now at the Scope Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment have created the first and only official estate-approved symphonic Prince celebration, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour. A live orchestra will perform selections from Prince’s extensive musical catalog, including his greatest hits as well as some of his lesser known gems, in this musical celebration. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the musical arrangements that will be played by the orchestra. The show at Chrysler Hall is part of an extensive 2018 tour that will include dates in both the United States and Europe.

For more information, visit http://www.sevenvenues.com or follow SevenVenues on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SevenVenues.

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Inland shelter available for Currituck County residents

Currituck County has coordinated with the NC Department of Public Safety to establish an inland host shelter for Currituck County residents who evacuate due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. This shelter will begin accepting Currituck County residents on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8:00 a.m.

Location: Kirkwood Adams Community Center – 1100 Hamilton Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

This is a pet friendly shelter (dogs and cats ONLY). Pets will be kept in a separate area, with crates provided for the animals. Pet owners will have to care for their pets and must bring pet food, blankets, and any other pet needs.

Currituck County will provide evacuation assistance for county residents. Anyone who needs transportation to the shelter may contact Currituck Social Services @ 252-619-4421 to schedule their transportation.

Citizens traveling to the shelter should bring their own pillow, blankets, medicine, toiletries, comfort items, etc.

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Hurricane emergency toolkit for local residents

As residents evacuate/prepare to hunker down ahead of Hurricane Florence, these resources will enable them to stay healthy, safe and connected to care during the storm.

• RESIDENTS: Make sure you have an evacuation; plan prepare your medications so you can stay healthy and out of the hospital in the instance you are displaced form your home
o Print out the form available at Rx on the Run; write down the names/dosage of the medications you take
o Pack all your medications in an air tight plastic bag; include your insurance card
o Get an emergency refill if you don’t have at least seven (7) days’ worth of medication with you

• GET RECONNECTED: If you need to evacuate and your regular medications are left behind, lost or destroyed, it’s critical to restore access to care that can keep you healthy and out of the hospital during a disaster
o If you evacuate and need to replace lost medications, use Healthcare Ready’s live map, Rx Open for a live map of open/closed pharmacies in areas in the path of the hurricane
o If you run into trouble getting your medications or medical care you need, call Healthcare Ready at 1-866-247-2694 for assistance

• FOR TEAMS COVERING THE HURRICANE: If your news crews/reporters spot road closures or law enforcement blockades that that are preventing emergency responders or medical suppliers from reaching populations in need, please call Healthcare Ready at 1-866-247-2694. Our team will help coordinate between emergency responders and local officials/law enforcement.

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Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Issues Evacuation For Personnel Residing 11 North Carolina Counties

NORFOLK, VA (NRMA) – This afternoon, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic authorized an emergency evacuation order for active duty Navy and civilian personnel, dependents of active duty service members and reservists on active duty residing in the following North Carolina counties where mandatory evacuations have been ordered:

– Beaufort County
– Brunswick County
– Carteret County
– Craven County
– Currituck County (which includes Corolla and Carova)
– Dare County
– Hyde County
– New Hanover County
– Onslow County
– Pamlico County
– Tyrell County

“The safety of our personnel and their families is my top priority right now,” said the commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Charles Rock. “Our mission is to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family and the team at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic has been working around the clock to provide support and information during this very stressful time.”

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic evacuees are authorized to proceed within 500 miles of the designated remote safe haven area of Asheville, NC.

Non Navy Region Mid-Atlantic personnel should proceed to the remote safe haven area designated by their parent chain of command. Individuals evacuating under this authority must be approved by their command. Individuals authorized to evacuate who are unable to obtain official orders in advance of departing should keep all receipts for reimbursement and coordinate with their parent command upon return. Orders will include reimbursement for lodging, and per diem will be at the approved rate for the designated safe haven.

Costs incurred by an evacuee for travel conducted without authorization are the responsibility of the evacuee.

“Roadways, interstates and highways will be congested as residents will be traveling to various safe havens,” Rock said. “I ask that everyone traveling please keep safety in mind and remember to muster with their chain of command when they reach safe haven.”

All personnel and their families should update their Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) account at https://navyfamily.navy.mil, as well as review hurricane checklists. Service members are encouraged to discuss evacuation and reporting requirements with their chain of command and family members.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offices will remain open in Hampton Roads for as long as feasible to support active duty personnel and their families with evacuation assistance loans. Personnel or family members should bring a current I.D. card and Leave and Earnings Statement, if available. Because of the sortie of ships and personnel, the active duty member is not required to be present for NMCRS to assist the family. For information on office locations go to http://www.nmcrs.org“.

Local cities and communities will have shelters open to support families who choose not to evacuate the area. Personnel are encouraged to check with their municipality on locations, monitor local media and social media for information and updates. Frequently Asked Questions on the evacuation and the authorized expenditures for reimbursement can be found on the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Facebook page.

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Fresenius Kidney Care Provides Treatment for Dialysis Patients Affected by Hurricane Florence

Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, continues to provide care for dialysis patients in the Norfolk area who are affected by Hurricane Florence. These patients, who require dialysis treatment every two to three days to stay alive and healthy, are among the most vulnerable during a disaster. Patients have already been contacted by Fresenius Kidney Care with information on when and where to seek treatment before, during and after the storm.

For individuals in need of dialysis:

Individuals needing help with arranging dialysis treatment should call Fresenius Kidney Care’s 24 hour toll-free Patient Emergency Hotline at 1-800-626-1297. This service is available for all patients, regardless of dialysis provider.

Continued focus on patients’ and employees’ well-being:

• Before a storm, Fresenius Kidney Care provides every patient with an emergency kit to ensure they’re prepared and able to obtain dialysis regardless of the circumstances.
• Our teams have been contacting each individual patient to make a plan to ensure they receive their treatments.
• We are scheduling patients for early treatments and or planning to come in extra days to ensure they receive dialysis.
• The impact spans an estimated 24,000 patients, 7,000 Fresenius Kidney Care employees and 340 Fresenius Kidney Care clinics across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
• Deliveries of gas, diesel, generators, trucks, water and supplies are en route to clinics and staff.

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The City of Portsmouth to Open Emergency Shelters

Due to the threat of Hurricane Florence, the City of Portsmouth will open emergency shelters on Wednesday, September 12th, at 1 p.m. The emergency shelters are:

• Churchland Middle School, 4051 Rivershore Lane, – up to two pets allowed. Pets may be dogs or cats, only.
• I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd., medical needs accommodations
• Woodrow Wilson High School, 1401 Elmhurst Lane, service animals allowed

The City has identified and announced 20 Evacuation Pick-Up Points where residents can board buses and be transported to an Emergency Shelter from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday. For a list of these sites, visit http://www.portsmouthva.gov (Emergency Alert) or the city’s social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.

Hampton Roads Transit will offer free all-day service to various routes throughout Portsmouth on Wednesday, September 12th.

Residents whose cars are in low-lying areas may park their cars in several city garages beginning today, September 11th at 5 p.m. Available garages include:
• County Street
• Harbor
• Middle Street
• Water Street

Please do not park in reserved spaces, and be sure to observe garage clearances. County Street Garage has a clearance of 7’; Harbor – 6’2; Middle Street – 6’10 and Water Street – 6’10.

Citizens with questions regarding the hurricane, may call the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center for storm-related reports and citizen concerns at 757-393-5001.

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Suffolk city closings and event impacts due to Hurricane Florence

SUFFOLK, VA (September 11, 2018) Due to the projected impacts of Hurricane Florence, Suffolk City Offices will be closed on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th. Additionally, all City facilities will be closed through Sunday, September 16th, and all tours and scheduled special events have been cancelled in advance of the storm’s arrival.

Suffolk Public Schools has announced they will be closed for staff and students starting on Wednesday, September 12th through Friday, September 14th. As a result, all Suffolk Parks & Recreation before and after school programs are cancelled starting on Wednesday, September 12th.

City Treasurer Ron Williams’ United Way Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, September 14th has been rescheduled for Friday, September 21st.

The Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Saturday, September 15th at Constant’s Wharf Park has been postponed and will not be rescheduled, and they will be advising their Western Tidewater walkers to attend either the COVA Walk in Virginia Beach on September 22nd, or the Peninsula Walk in Newport News on October 20th.
As noted in a previous release, City Manager Patrick Roberts declared a State of Emergency for the City of Suffolk effective at noon today.

The Emergency Operations Center, located at Suffolk Fire & Rescue Station 6 on Kings Fork Road, will be fully activated on Wednesday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m. We have been operating under virtual activation for several days.

The Emergency Operations Call Center can be reached at 514-4570 and is currently staffed 24-hours a day for citizens seeking storm-related information for this weather event. The Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number is 923-2350, and the number for non-emergency roadway-related issues is 514-7600.

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Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee at Mid-Atlantic ports

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port for Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina, set Port Condition Yankee at 9 p.m., Tuesday, indicating that sustained gale-force winds are possible within 24 hours.

The Port of Hampton Roads COTP is scheduled to set Yankee just after midnight, at 12:01 a.m. The COTP of Baltimore remains at Port Condition Whiskey.

In Port Condition Yankee, the affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons. All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of Port Condition Zulu.

Zulu is set approximately 12 hours in advance of anticipated gale-force winds, which would close the port and all port operations would be suspended.

The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Florence approaches.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:
Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.

Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.

Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.
For information on Hurricane Florence’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport for current port conditions at Homeport.USCG.mil.

Danielle Hooks September 11, 201810:27 pm

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee at Mid-Atlantic ports

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port for Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina, set Port Condition Yankee at 9 p.m., Tuesday, indicating that sustained gale-force winds are possible within 24 hours.

The Port of Hampton Roads COTP is scheduled to set Yankee just after midnight, at 12:01 a.m. The COTP of Baltimore remains at Port Condition Whiskey.

In Port Condition Yankee, the affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons. All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of Port Condition Zulu.

Zulu is set approximately 12 hours in advance of anticipated gale-force winds, which would close the port and all port operations would be suspended.

The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Florence approaches.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:
Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.

Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.

Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.
For information on Hurricane Florence’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport for current port conditions at Homeport.USCG.mil.

Danielle Hooks September 11, 201811:32 pm

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Hampton update:

Due to Hurricane Florence and the mandatory evacuation, the Hampton VA Medical Center scheduled appointments are cancelled September 13. Currently, the hospital is planning to re-open September 17.

This is to remind all patients and family members that to ensure OPTIMAL SAFETY of our Veterans, we will be closing our Emergency Department TONIGHT (Sept. 12th at 7 p.m.) to SUNDAY (Sept. 16th at 9 a.m.). If you feel you are having an emergency please go to your nearest Emergency Room. We will continue to share information as we receive it.

While Hampton VA Medical Center has a thorough and specific hurricane plan to continue to care for our patients as well as for those who may become injured or ill during the inclement weather, please be advised that our facilities are not public hurricane shelters.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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VDOT preparations continue in Hampton Roads as potential hurricane impacts remain

SUFFOLK– As Hurricane Florence approaches the coast, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District continues to monitor and prepare for potential weather-related impacts to local roadways and travel. While there will be no interstate lane reversals taking place, VDOT has taken additional measures to facilitate the evacuation efforts of those traveling through and from Hampton Roads, and keep Virginia moving as safely and efficiently as possible.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:

• The suspension of scheduled lane closures continue on Interstate 64 and Interstate 664; however, VDOT has also extended these scheduled lane closure suspensions to include Routes 17, 58, 13, 460, and 60 in the Hampton Roads area. All HOV restrictions remain lifted on all Hampton Roads interstates until further notice.

• In addition to the previously announced toll suspensions for the 64 Express Lanes, VDOT has also suspended toll operations at the George P. Coleman Bridge in York County and Gloucester until further notice.

• The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry will no longer be suspending service today and will continue to run until further notice.

At this time, VDOT has no plans to close any of its major bridge or tunnel crossings, including the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. VDOT closes bridges, ramps or roads only when there is imminent danger to public safety, such as high water, structural damage or downed trees and debris blocking the roadway. There are no set wind restrictions to vehicular traffic at any of the VDOT-operated bridges in Hampton Roads. Complete bridge information can be found here.

Citizens are encouraged to limit travel during inclement weather and utilize the following tools provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation:

• Residents are reminded to report any problems such as flooding, downed trees, or road hazards to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.

• Statewide and local traffic conditions are available by calling 511, visiting http://www.511virginia.org or downloading the free mobile app at the 511 website.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20183:20 pm

Suffolk shelter opening update

SUFFOLK, Va. (September 12, 2018) – Due to the change in the track of Hurricane Florence and the downgrade of the impact to the City of Suffolk at this time, City Manager Patrick Roberts announced this afternoon that the King’s Fork High School emergency shelter, located at 351 Kings Fork Road, will open as originally planned this evening, Wednesday, September 12th, at 8:00 p.m., however, the Nansemond River High School emergency shelter will not be opening at this time unless there is a need based on the current weather forecast.

We will make further determinations related to the status of emergency shelters moving forward on Thursday afternoon.

Should citizens have questions as it relates to the emergency shelter or if they need to make accommodations for a pet since the King’s Fork High School emergency shelter is not pet-friendly, please contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923-2350. As a reminder, there are no pet drop-offs permitted at emergency shelters, and citizens would need to remain at the shelter during the entire timeframe their pet is being accommodated.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20183:26 pm

USACE, Virginia Beach cancel Lynnhaven open house

NORFOLK – Due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Virginia Beach have canceled the Lynnhaven River Ecosystem Restoration Project open house scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach.

Melissa Stephenson September 12, 20183:36 pm

WJCC post about Schools open Thursday, September 13

Based on significant changes to Hurricane Florence’s path, all Williamsburg-James City County Schools and offices will return to normal operations Thursday, September 13.

According to weather reports, the storm continues to move southward, reducing the risk of significant impacts to our area. Based on that change, City and County leaders tell us that school buildings will not be needed as shelters and may once again be used for instruction.

Please know that student and staff safety is always our first priority and decisions to open or close schools are not made without great consideration. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We look forward to seeing students and staff when schools re-open tomorrow.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20184:01 pm

Amtrak services in Norfolk, Newport News canceled in advance of Florence

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Coast Guard airplanes, helicopters fly out of potential Florence impact area in Elizabeth City, NC

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — U.S. Coast Guard personnel at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, move air assets out of the area of potential impact of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 12, 2018. The Coast Guard is strategically moving assets to protect them from the storm’s impact, while ensuring they are in an optimal position for the response. One HH-60 Jayhawk will shelter in place during the storm for immediate life-saving operations when severe weather conditions recede.


Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

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Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20184:28 pm

NCDOT Helping With Evacuations, Opening Facility for Emergency Response Headquarters

RALEIGH – State transportation officials are helping with evacuations along the coast, readying emergency supplies and finalizing preparations for Hurricane Florence.
Ferries

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division evacuated 2,181 people and transported 1,074 vehicles from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes between 1 p.m. Monday and today when the last ferry left Ocracoke. The division suspended ferry operations from Ocracoke after Wednesday morning’s trips. All ferries are being placed in safe harbor and will be secured to different docks until conditions improve.

Highways
NCDOT staff in all 100 counties have prepared equipment for possible clearing efforts, shoulder repairs and crossline replacements that can be used in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. A total of 2,166 employees in all 14 NCDOT divisions have been preparing for Hurricane Florence.
In Division 1, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, staff have 171 personnel ready to respond with 106 chainsaws, 33 front-loaders, 18 backhoes, 26 motor graders, 387 barricades, 183 road closed signs and 395 high water signs.
In some areas of North Carolina, crews have staged equipment in different areas so it can be available once cleanup and recovery begins. Generators have been checked and readied, and traffic services offices are staging message boards and loading emergency trailers with barricades, signs and drums. NCDOT staff have made arrangements to have contractors on standby ready to respond to any storm-related tasks such as cutting and removing downed trees from roads.
NCDOT is also preparing active transportation projects for potential impacts. Erosion and control measures have been checked and staff are making sure earth-moving equipment and cranes are secure.
Aviation
On the Outer Banks Monday, NCDOT staff flew drones from Hatteras north to Kitty Hawk at all traditional “hot spots” to obtain overhead video of pre-storm conditions. Fifteen NCDOT drones and multiple teams of pilots are being readied for post-event damage assessment. The division is also monitoring the status of North Carolina’s public airports.

Global TransPark
Staff at the Global TransPark, an industrial park in Kinston and a division of the NCDOT, are preparing the facility to serve as a headquarters for emergency rescue and response operations in eastern North Carolina. By Wednesday, 1,500 federal and state emergency response personnel and military crews from North Carolina and the rest of the nation will be stationed at the Global TransPark. Team members with different skill sets will respond to emergency requests for help and be deployed to help clear roads, rescue people by water, land and air and support the operation.

The emergency rescue and response facility at the Global TransPark will be fully operational by Wednesday. In addition to housing emergency response crews, the facility also will be used to store thousands of emergency supplies, including rescue boats and aircraft, meals ready to eat, and medical supplies.

The Global TransPark also served as an incident command post for emergency response operations during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Division of Motor Vehicles
Thirty-one driver license offices in eastern North Carolina and some in central areas of the state were closed by noon Wednesday in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Road tests and mobile office visits were canceled in those affected areas. About 25 license plate offices were expected to close by the end of the day Wednesday and could remain closed for the rest of the week, depending on the weather.

Closures and changes to office hours can be found on the office locations page of the official NCDMV website at MyNCDMV.gov. Many DMV services, including renewing driver licenses, ordering duplicate ID cards or renewing vehicle registration, can be done online.

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Surry County evacuation shelter opening

Surry County will be opening an Evacuation Shelter at:

LPJ Middle School
4155 New Design Rd
Dendron, VA 23839

6 pm Wednesday September 12, 2018

Any animals brought to the shelter will be transported, by ACO, to the Surry County Animal Control for temporary housing.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20184:35 pm

Warner Asks FEMA to Expedite Disaster Relief in Va. Ahead of Storm

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite disaster relief efforts in Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is projected to have a significant impact on the Commonwealth in the coming days. The Senator, along with the entire Virginia congressional delegation, previously requested that President Trump issue a federal emergency declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Administration took this step yesterday, allowing FEMA and other federal agencies to begin offering preemptive assistance ahead of the storm.

“Even as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and localities continue their precautionary efforts, I am concerned about the potential of severe flooding in the Commonwealth. Hurricane Florence is expected to cause serious flash flooding, mudslides, and river flooding in parts of Virginia that do not have a history of flooding and have already received large amounts of rainfall this year. These areas may not have the resources available to immediately respond to large scale flooding. I urge you to work with VDEM and localities in Virginia to coordinate disaster relief efforts and ensure that these communities have the resources and technical assistance they need to respond to this storm,” wrote Sen. Warner in a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence, and has ordered the evacuation of more than 200,000 residents living in affected areas. Sen. Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine have been requesting coordination and assistance from federal agencies in preparation for the hurricane, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), following reports that Naval Station Norfolk warned its employees of potential flooding at the base, and will continue monitoring additional storm developments that may require increased federal assistance.

The full text of the letter can be found here and below:

Dear Administrator Long,

I write to you today to express my concerns about the potential effects of Hurricane Florence on the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hurricane Florence remains an exceptionally powerful storm that is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas and Virginia later this week. On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in Virginia, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies to offer preemptive assistance to the Commonwealth. I urge you to move expeditiously to implement disaster relief efforts to ease the hardship for Virginians who will be impacted by this storm.

Even as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and localities continue their precautionary efforts, I am concerned about the potential of severe flooding in the Commonwealth. Hurricane Florence is expected to cause serious flash flooding, mudslides, and river flooding in parts of Virginia that do not have a history of flooding and have already received large amounts of rainfall this year. These areas may not have the resources available to immediately respond to large scale flooding. I urge you to work with VDEM and localities in Virginia to coordinate disaster relief efforts and ensure that these communities have the resources and technical assistance they need to respond to this storm.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to cause significant damage in certain areas of Virginia. I urge you to act quickly to make all necessary resources available to alleviate the impacts of this dangerous storm. Thank you for your attention to this matter and please let me know how I can work with you to ensure a swift and effective recovery effort.

Sincerely,

Mark Warner

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VBCPS to remain closed Thursday

Good evening, VBCPS families –

Because parts of the city remain
under a mandatory evacuation order, VBCPS will remain closed tomorrow, Sept.
13. However, please note that we will have 12-month staff reporting tomorrow
and we will continue to work with state and local agencies to track Hurricane
Florence’s progress. If the forecast continues to improve, we will be making a
decision Thursday as to whether we will open schools on Friday. Thank you for
your flexibility and understanding during this time and for your continued
support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Thank you. 

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20188:37 pm

Perquimans County Hurricane Florence update

Perquimans County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning.

While a southerly shift has taken place in the updated forecast, we should still expect Tropical Storm conditions begining late day Thursday through Saturday.

Current projections show 4-6″ of rain for Perquimans, with locally heavier amounts possible.

The Perquimans County, Town of Hertford and Town of Winfall State of Emergency has the following effects on residents:

There will be a curfew effective Thursday and Friday nights from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, excluding Highway 17 traffic.

All liquor, beer and wine sales will stop at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Residents will not be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or explosives.

A voluntary evacuation of low lying or manufactured homes. Residents are urged to evacuate to a safe location with relatives or friends.

A General Population Shelter is now open for residents at the Perquimans County High School Gym (411 South Edenton Road Street – Hertford, NC).

All County offices and Town of Hertford offices will be closing at Noon on Thursday and remain closed on Friday.

Perquimans County Schools are closed Thursday and Friday.

Emergency Management will notify residents of changing conditions through Code Red Reverse 911 calls and the Perquimans County Emergency Services Facebook page.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20188:38 pm

Perquimans County Hurricane Florence update

Perquimans County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning.

While a southerly shift has taken place in the updated forecast, we should still expect Tropical Storm conditions begining late day Thursday through Saturday.

Current projections show 4-6″ of rain for Perquimans, with locally heavier amounts possible.

The Perquimans County, Town of Hertford and Town of Winfall State of Emergency has the following effects on residents:

There will be a curfew effective Thursday and Friday nights from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, excluding Highway 17 traffic.

All liquor, beer and wine sales will stop at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Residents will not be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or explosives.

A voluntary evacuation of low lying or manufactured homes. Residents are urged to evacuate to a safe location with relatives or friends.

A General Population Shelter is now open for residents at the Perquimans County High School Gym (411 South Edenton Road Street – Hertford, NC).

All County offices and Town of Hertford offices will be closing at Noon on Thursday and remain closed on Friday.

Perquimans County Schools are closed Thursday and Friday.

Emergency Management will notify residents of changing conditions through Code Red Reverse 911 calls and the Perquimans County Emergency Services Facebook page.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20188:53 pm

Newport News Hurricane Update

The City continues to monitor Hurricane Florence and its potential effects on Newport News. The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service shows changes to Florence’s track that lessen its impact on Newport News. We are still preparing for the storm and significant amounts of rainfall and will continue to keep citizens updated.

Newport News Hurricane Florence website.

NEW Parking
The parking garage at the corner of Fountain Way and Thimble Shoals Blvd in City Center (100 Fountain Way) is available for Newport News residents of low-lying areas to park their vehicles from now through the weekend.

Evacuations Remain in Place
Governor Northam’s mandatory evacuation orders for those living in Zone A remain in place. It is recommended for evacuees to shelter with family or friends locally who live outside of any evacuation zone. Zone information can be found here or by calling the City’s 311 Center at (757) 933-2311.

Shelters
The following shelters are open for those who have no alternative. Remember to bring bedding, food & water, medicines, games, clothes, etc.
• Menchville High School – 275 Menchville Road – Medically Dependent and General Population
• Warwick High School – 51 Copeland Lane – General Population and Residents with Pets – Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages. Owners will be required to care for their pets while staying at the shelter and provide all food, water and medicines.
• Denbigh High School, which was originally to be a shelter for overflow only, will now be closed.

Additionally, a state-managed shelter has now opened up at Christopher Newport University. Read the full state news release

Solid Waste Collection
Solid waste (trash, recycling and bulk waste) will be collected as scheduled today. Collections will not take place on Thursday, September 13, and will instead be picked-up on Monday, September 17. Next week’s regular collections will be delayed one day (i.e., Monday’s collections will take place on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, etc.).

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20188:57 pm

Bertie County Curfew

On behalf of the Bertie County Sheriff John Holley and Bertie County board of Commissioners Chair Ms. Ernestine Bazemore the Curfew that has been set for Bertie County starting at 8pm Wednesday the 12th has been lifted for citizens to continue to prepare for hurricane Florence. The curfew will now start effect Thursday night at 8pm the 13th.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 20188:58 pm

Bertie County Curfew

On behalf of the Bertie County Sheriff John Holley and Bertie County Board of Commissioners Chair Ms. Ernestine Bazemore, the curfew that has been set for Bertie County starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 has been lifted for citizens to continue to prepare for Hurricane Florence. The curfew will now start Thursday, September 13 at 8 p.m.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 201810:16 pm

Portsmouth Offices Closed; Shelters Open

Portsmouth City Offices will be closed on Thursday, September 13.

As part of the Hurricane Florence weather system, a Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect for Hampton Roads and the City of Portsmouth which is expected to bring heavy rains, flooding, tidal flooding, and high winds and gusts. Citizens are urged to remain vigilant in your storm preparations, maintain situational awareness, and please stay informed.

The City of Portsmouth opened three emergency shelters today, September 12. The emergency shelters are:
• Churchland Middle School, 4051 River Shore Road, – up to two pets allowed. Pets may be dogs or cats, only.
• I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Boulevard., medical needs
• Woodrow Wilson High School, 1401 Elmhurst Lane

Portsmouth City Garages are open for residents to relocate their vehicles from low-lying areas. The City Garages are County Street, Harbor Court, Middle Street, and Water Street. Vehicles may remain in unreserved spaces until City Offices resume normal operations.

The Emergency Operations Center telephone number for citizens to call with storm-related questions, concerns, or reports is 393-5001.

Danielle Hooks September 12, 201810:31 pm

Newport News Hurricane Update

The City continues to monitor Hurricane Florence and its potential effects on Newport News. The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service shows changes to Florence’s track that lessen its impact on Newport News. We are still preparing for the storm and significant amounts of rainfall and will continue to keep citizens updated.

Newport News Hurricane Florence website.

NEW Parking
The parking garage at the corner of Fountain Way and Thimble Shoals Blvd in City Center (100 Fountain Way) is available for Newport News residents of low-lying areas to park their vehicles from now through the weekend.

Evacuations Remain in Place
Governor Northam’s mandatory evacuation orders for those living in Zone A remain in place. It is recommended for evacuees to shelter with family or friends locally who live outside of any evacuation zone. Zone information can be found here or by calling the City’s 311 Center at (757) 933-2311.

Shelters
The following shelters are open for those who have no alternative. Remember to bring bedding, food & water, medicines, games, clothes, etc.
• Warwick High School – 51 Copeland Lane – General Population and Residents with Pets – Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages. Owners will be required to care for their pets while staying at the shelter and provide all food, water and medicines.

Denbigh High School, which was originally to be a shelter for overflow only, will now be closed.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the shelter at Menchville High School has been closed. The shelterees (7) are being transferred to the state-managed shelter at Christopher Newport University. 

Additionally, a state-managed shelter has now opened up at Christopher Newport University. Read the full state news release

Solid Waste Collection
Solid waste (trash, recycling and bulk waste) will be collected as scheduled today. Collections will not take place on Thursday, September 13, and will instead be picked-up on Monday, September 17. Next week’s regular collections will be delayed one day (i.e., Monday’s collections will take place on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, etc.).

Danielle Hooks September 12, 201811:00 pm

Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:16 am
The City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division will collect TRASH ONLY on Thursday, Sept. 13 from its Thursday routes. Collections will remain suspended on Friday, Sept. 14.
Friday collections will take place for TRASH ONLY Monday, Sept. 17. There will be no collection of recycling, yard debris, or bulky items for these two service dates.
Provided roads are clear, trash, recycling and yard debris collections will remain unchanged for the remainder of next week.
High winds are expected. Please make sure all material is inside the cart with lids closed tightly. Residents are urged to place their trash container outside of the drainage flow line (a few inches away from the curb) to keep the drainage flow line clear and avoid neighborhood flooding.
Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:18 am

Chesapeake will not collect trash or recycling on either Thursday, Sept. 13 or Friday, Sept. 14 this week. Residents whose collections are on Thursday or Friday will receive their next normal pickup Sept. 20 or 21, weather and conditions permitting.

Trash collections are anticipated to resume on a normal schedule Tuesday, Sept. 18, weather and conditions permitting.

Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:18 am
Per information from Dare County Emergency Management, travel restrictions into Dare County for southbound motorists on Hwy. 158 in Currituck County going across the Wright Memorial Bridge will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
 
Once restrictions are in place, only essential personnel with a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management or a Priority One Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry into Dare County after they cross the bridge.
Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:21 am
<p>The City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division will collect TRASH ONLY on Thursday, Sept. 13 from its Thursday routes. Collections will remain suspended on Friday, Sept. 14.</p>
<p>Friday collections will take place for TRASH ONLY Monday, Sept. 17. There will be no collection of recycling, yard debris, or bulky items for these two service dates.</p>
<p>Provided roads are clear, trash, recycling and yard debris collections will remain unchanged for the remainder of next week.</p>
<p>High winds are expected. Please make sure all material is inside the cart with lids closed tightly. Residents are urged to place their trash container outside of the drainage flow line (a few inches away from the curb) to keep the drainage flow line clear and avoid neighborhood flooding.</p>
Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:22 am

The City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Division will collect TRASH ONLY on Thursday, Sept. 13 from its Thursday routes. Collections will remain suspended on Friday, Sept. 14.

Friday collections will take place for TRASH ONLY Monday, Sept. 17. There will be no collection of recycling, yard debris, or bulky items for these two service dates.

Provided roads are clear, trash, recycling and yard debris collections will remain unchanged for the remainder of next week.

High winds are expected. Please make sure all material is inside the cart with lids closed tightly. Residents are urged to place their trash container outside of the drainage flow line (a few inches away from the curb) to keep the drainage flow line clear and avoid neighborhood flooding.

Megan Garnache September 13, 20185:38 am

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Tornado watch in effect for Dare County until 9 p.m.

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We’ve got a lot of watches and warning in effect! Check them out below.
******Tornado Watch in effect for Dare County in North Carolina until 9:00 PM

***A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into South Carolina, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

***Tropical Storm Warning for Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden,
Western Currituck, Bertie, Chowan, Perquimans, Eastern Currituck. North
Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light and Chesapeake Bay south
of New Point Comfort.

***Storm Surge Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into South Carolina including Albemale and Pamlico Sounds.

***Storm Surge Watch from Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

***Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 6 am Sunday for Norfolk,
Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, York, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson,
Gloucester, Middlesex, and Mathews.

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On the radar: rain and storms from Florence are moving west into the Outer Banks.

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Currituck County now has available an online feature for county residents to self-report storm damages online. This information will help the Currituck Inspections staff understand the scope of structure damage throughout the county and help speed up inspection appointments.

This information also benefits citizens in that it allows the county to submit damage information more quickly to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA in turn can provide faster assistance to the county and make recovery loans available to citizens as soon as possible.

Click here to access the self-reporting feature.

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Portsmouth Shelter Update: Effective at 11 a.m. Thursday, the City of Portsmouth will close the emergency shelter at Woodrow Wilson High School. The City will consolidate and transport the individuals who are currently in the Woodrow Wilson School shelter to the shelter at I.C. Norcom High School.

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Update from Newport News schools:

All Newport News public schools and offices will be closed on Friday, September 14, due to the ongoing mandatory evacuation order for people residing in Zone A and impending weather conditions.

Ten, eleven and twelve month school division employees do not report on Friday.

School division officials will continue to monitor the weather, and road and building conditions throughout the weekend.

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Perquimans County Hurricane Florence update

Perquimans County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning.

We should expect Tropical Storm conditions through late Friday with rain continuing into Saturday.

Current projections show 3-5″ of rain for Perquimans, with locally heavier amounts possible.

The Perquimans County, Town of Hertford and Town of Winfall State of Emergency has the following effects on residents:
*There will be a curfew effective Thursday and Friday nights from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, excluding Highway 17 traffic.
*All liquor, beer and wine sales will stop at 8:00 pm on Thursday.
*Residents will not be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or explosives.
*A voluntary evacuation of low lying or manufactured homes. Residents are urged to evacuate to a safe location with relatives or friends.

A General Population Shelter is now open for residents at the Perquimans County High School Gym (411 South Edenton Road Street – Hertford, NC).

All County offices, Town of Hertford and Town of Winfall offices will be closed on Friday.

Perquimans County Schools are closed Friday.

Emergency Management will notify residents of changing conditions through Code Red Reverse 911 calls and the Perquimans County Emergency Services Facebook page.

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Portsmouth updates

Portsmouth City Offices will be closed on Friday, September 14th. Over the weekend, please check local media sources for information on when normal operating hours will resume. As a reminder, trash, recycling, and bulk collections have been cancelled.

The Portsmouth City Council’s “Coffee Talk” Community Meeting, scheduled for Monday, September 17th, is cancelled.

The City of Portsmouth has two emergency shelters that are open to individuals seeking shelter this evening. The shelters are Churchland Middle School and I.C. Norcom High School.
• Churchland Middle School, 4051 River Shore Road, – up to two pets allowed. Pets may be dogs or cats, only.
• I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Boulevard., medical needs and general public

Portsmouth City Garages are open for residents to relocate their vehicles from low-lying areas. The City Garages are County Street, Harbor Court, Middle Street, and Water Street. Vehicles may remain in unreserved spaces until City Offices resume normal operations.

Please continue to monitor Hurricane Florence as impacts to Hampton Roads are still expected including heavy rainfall that may cause some flash flooding later tonight into Friday night.

The Emergency Operations Center telephone number for citizens to call with storm-related questions, concerns, or reports is 393-5001.

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Suffolk updates (Thursday, September 13)

The City of Suffolk remains under a Coastal Flood Warning at this time. The Emergency Operations Center opened at 6:00 p.m. this evening under limited activation joined by Mayor Linda Johnson. City Departments provided status updates and reviewed the projected weather forecast for the rest of the weekend and any potential impacts for our City. Public Works crews remain vigilant and stand ready to deploy as conditions warrant throughout this weather event.

The Department of Emergency Management advised that sustained tropical storm force winds are not expected for our area, however, wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible from 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, September 14th, through sunrise Saturday morning, September 15th.

The primary concern at this time is the potential for downed trees and power lines due to ground saturation from recent rains and anticipated additional rainfall from 2 to 4 inches. Strike force teams including staff with chainsaws have been preliminarily staged to deal with any potential issues. Further, the Army National Guard 2nd 183rd located in Suffolk has been activated to provide assistance if needed including three high water vehicles also equipped with chainsaws and tow straps.

Citizens are reminded to exercise extreme caution if downed power lines are encountered, not to enter any standing bodies of water, and to call 911 to report any downed trees or power lines.

The King’s Fork High School emergency shelter (351 Kings Fork Road) remains open as a shelter of last resort at this time due to Governor Northam’s earlier mandatory evacuation order for residents of Zone A, to include those in mobile homes or trailers. The highest attendance amount since the facility opened Tuesday evening, September 12th, at 8:00 p.m. was 24 citizens.

As indicated in a previous Media Release, the City of Suffolk Public Works Department will be picking up trash as scheduled on Friday, September 14th. TFC Recycling, the City’s recycling provider, will not be providing pick-up and this collection will not be rescheduled.

Suffolk Transit operated under its normal schedule today however, a determination was made to cease operations on Friday, September 14th. A decision will be made at a later time related to Saturday operations.

The Emergency Operations Call Center can be reached at 514-4570 and remains staffed for citizens seeking storm-related information for this weather event. The Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number is 923-2350, and the number for non-emergency roadway-related issues is 514-7600.

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…400 AM POSITION UPDATE…

…EYEWALL OF FLORENCE BEGINNING TO REACH THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST…

A NOAA observing site at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 68 mph (109 km/h) and a gust to 90 mph (145 km/h).  A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 65 mph (104 km/h) and a gust of 87 mph (140 km/h).

The water levels in Pamlico Sound and Emerald Isle remain elevated. These waters are expected to rise as the tides come back in.  A USGS gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently recorded 6.6 feet of inundation.

A NOAA buoy at Onslow Bay recently reported a minimum pressure of 961 mb (28.38 mb).  A NOAA buoy off of Wilmington, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 55 mph (88 km/h) and a gust of 90 mph (145 km/h).

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1,219 customers without power on E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk

Estimated time of restoration: Today at 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Outage cause: Pending investigation

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ACCOMACK Co., Va. – Zone A is still under a State-mandated Evacuation Order. Zone A includes low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Due to changes in the forecast for our area, as of 9:00 this morning, Accomack County will close the shelter at Nandua High School. Any resident from Accomack or Northampton Counties or the Town of Chincoteague that has questions or concerns about shelters, should contact Accomack County Emergency Management at 757-787-0911 or 757-824-0911 or 757-442-0911.

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ACCOMACK Co., Va. – Zone A is still under a State-mandated Evacuation Order. Zone A includes low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Due to changes in the forecast for our area, as of 9:00 this morning, Accomack County will close the shelter at Nandua High School. Any resident from Accomack or Northampton Counties or the Town of Chincoteague that has questions or concerns about shelters, should contact Accomack County Emergency Management at 757-787-0911 or 757-824-0911 or 757-442-0911.

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Good morning Edenton. Morning reports are in and here is what we know: 

Minor flooding on some roads inside city limits but not enough at this time to warrant road closings. 

Western lane on W. Queen Street has water on road from Pembroke Creek, but the road is still passable. 

Two isolated power outages, 800 block of Cabarrus Street and on Indian Trail Road. Crews are responding. 

There was an outage in Cape Colony -Coral Lane, Seaview and Surfside – power has been restored to majority of these customers however there are still a scattered few outage and our Electric Crews are working on restoring power here. 

Public Works reports no adverse impacts to Town infrastructure. Crews are working today, clearing leaves and debris from storm drains. 

Chowan County is under a Tropical Storm Warning until 5 pm, a Tornado Watch until 5 pm, Storm Surge Warning until 5 p.m and Special Weather Statment until 5:15 p.m Monitor https://www.weather.gov/akq

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Road crews inspected NC12 on Hatteras Island this morning, and while there are still several areas of deep sand and standing water, we are cautiously optimistic that there is no apparent damage to the pavement. We expect more overwash over the next few high tide cycles, but hopefully things will gradually improve as Florence weakens and moves away from the area. For now, NC12 remains CLOSED throughout Hatteras Island.

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Road damage at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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Virginia mandatory evacuation order lifted

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Dare County residents allowed back Saturday morning in areas north of Oregon Inlet

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Update from Perquimans County:

Perquimans County is cancelling the state of emergency, including curfew and alcohol and firearm sales. Also the shelter will be closing at 3 pm today.

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Florence becomes tropical storm as it barrels through the Carolinas

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Dominion Energy update

While Florence will cause a significant impact to the residents still in its path, the forecast for Dominion Energy’s service territory has improved drastically. Winds and rain have reduced significantly and this system is slowly tracking south. However, it is still a large storm producing heavy rain and widespread flooding. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We encourage them to keep in touch with us throughout the storm:

• We don’t know your power is out until you report it. If your power goes out, please let us know at https://www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages or call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP. The fastest way to report or track an outage is online using your phone or other mobile device.

• Since 6:00PM yesterday 9,300 customers lost power in North Carolina and Hampton Roads at 283 work locations, including 27 critical services.

• A workforce of over 5,700 people has been working around-the-clock to restore power to any customers who experience an outage.

• As of 5pm. Power was restored to all but 252 customers and all critical service facilities. Our crews will continue to work overnight until everyone affected by this storm has been restored.

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VDOT continues storm response, readies for evacuees’ return

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Department of Transportation
Hampton Roads District continues to monitor interstate and rural road
conditions while it prepares for the return of evacuees and begins to resume
normal operation of services.

·     All bridges, tunnels and interstates in the
District remained open through the storm. As people return following the
Governor’s lifting of the evacuation order for Zone A, they can check real-time
road conditions on 511 Virginia via the free mobile app, the website (511virginia.org), or by calling 511.

·     VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol trucks are on the
interstates to help motorists with disabled vehicles and to keep traffic
flowing as efficiently as possible. Crews also remain ready to assist on storm
response throughout the District.

·     The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is operating at a
reduced capacity and plans to resume full two-boat service at about 7 a.m.
after the Saturday morning high tide. The Ferry will likely need to return to
reduced capacity for the Saturday afternoon high tide before resuming full
two-boat service on Sunday morning.

·     Coleman Bridge tolling will resume at 6 a.m.
Saturday.

·     The 64 Express Lanes between I-564 and I-264
opened to eastbound traffic at noon Friday and will stay in that direction
until 11 a.m. Sunday. Tolling on the Express Lanes will resume at its normal
time at 5 a.m. Monday.

·     HOV restrictions will return to normal
operations on Monday.

·     Lane closures for road work will resume
beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. View this release for details on major closures
scheduled for next week.

·     As motorists return to the area, VDOT urges
drivers to continue to take caution if driving in wind and rain:

·     Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the
law.

·     Drive at a speed that enables you to stop
quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.

·     Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the
roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the
driver to lose control.

·     Residents and motorists can report hazardous
road conditions to VDOT’s Customer Service Center online at VirginiaDOT.org or
by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

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VDOT continues storm response, readies for evacuees’ return

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Department of Transportation
Hampton Roads District continues to monitor interstate and rural road
conditions while it prepares for the return of evacuees and begins to resume
normal operation of services.

·     All bridges, tunnels and interstates in the
District remained open through the storm. As people return following the
Governor’s lifting of the evacuation order for Zone A, they can check real-time
road conditions on 511 Virginia via the free mobile app, the website (511virginia.org), or by calling 511.

·     VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol trucks are on the
interstates to help motorists with disabled vehicles and to keep traffic
flowing as efficiently as possible. Crews also remain ready to assist on storm
response throughout the District.

·     The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is operating at a
reduced capacity and plans to resume full two-boat service at about 7 a.m.
after the Saturday morning high tide. The Ferry will likely need to return to
reduced capacity for the Saturday afternoon high tide before resuming full
two-boat service on Sunday morning.

·     Coleman Bridge tolling will resume at 6 a.m.
Saturday.

·     The 64 Express Lanes between I-564 and I-264
opened to eastbound traffic at noon Friday and will stay in that direction
until 11 a.m. Sunday. Tolling on the Express Lanes will resume at its normal
time at 5 a.m. Monday.

·     HOV restrictions will return to normal
operations on Monday.

·     Lane closures for road work will resume
beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. View this release for details on major closures
scheduled for next week.

·     As motorists return to the area, VDOT urges
drivers to continue to take caution if driving in wind and rain:

·     Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the
law.

·     Drive at a speed that enables you to stop
quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.

·     Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the
roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the
driver to lose control.

·     Residents and motorists can report hazardous
road conditions to VDOT’s Customer Service Center online at VirginiaDOT.org or
by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

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Suffolk Public Schools open Monday

Suffolk Public Schools will be open on Monday, September 17

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Photos: Florence dumps heavy rains on Carolinas creating devastating flooding

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