9/12/2018- The Commonwealth of Virginia is responding to the pending threat of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm. Florence is expected to make landfall Thursday into Friday along the NC / SC border as a major hurricane, with wind gusts around 140 mph. Although the storm is tracking south, the Eastern Shore of Virginia is still within the cone predictions — which means there is high likelihood of tropical force winds and storm surges. Accompanying rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding across the Commonwealth.
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on September 8th ahead of Florence landfall, and President Trump declared an emergency for the Commonwealth on September 11th. FEMA personnel and incident management assistance teams deployed to, and arrived in, Virginia’s Emergency Operations Center yesterday to act as a force multiplier. As of this morning, 15 local emergency operations are open, 49 jurisdictions have announced a local emergency declaration, and at least 12 localities have begun sheltering operations.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is encouraging all citizens and tourists in the Commonwealth to remain vigilant in their efforts to prepare for this pending threat, and to adhere to local, state, and federal recommendations on preparedness and evacuations. Those in Zone A remain under a mandatory evacuation, and we encourage those in low lying areas to move inland and to higher ground. We encourage everyone to prepare for the emergency by gathering medications, water, batteries, canned food, flashlights, generators, pet supplies, critical paperwork and any other necessary items for potential power outages subsequent to the storm.
9/10/2018 update– Please be advised the Town is actively engaged in storm preparation and will keep residents informed using our Code Red system and our town webpage, www.colonialbeachva.net.
As we learn more about the storm track, our weekly refuse pickups will continue as scheduled but our quarterly yard debris pickup will be rescheduled. As you secure loose items in your yard and yard debis, be sure to keep all ditches (and an area of approximately 10-feet from ditch edges) clear in order to mitigate storm water blockages.
Also, depending on the storm track, the town may issue mandatory evacuations 24 hours to 48 hours ahead of landfall.
For up to date storm tracking information, visit www.trackthetropics.com.
9/11/2018- The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Coastal Flood Warning, which is in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening.
* LOCATION…Portions of the Northern Neck adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, tidal Potomac and Rappahannock River.
* TIMING…Through the high tide cycle this evening.
* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS…Widespread flooding of vulnerableareas will result in an elevated threat of property damage to homes and businesses near the waterfront and shoreline. Water will be 1 to 2 feet above ground level in some areas resulting in a sufficient depth to close numerous roads and threaten homes and businesses. Flooding will extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays resulting in some road closures and flooding of vehicles.
A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water…and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures and flooding of properties. If travel is necessary…do not attempt to drive through water of unknown depth.
Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour.
DAHLGREN/COLONIAL BEACH VA
MLLW CATEGORIES – MINOR 3.5 FT, MODERATE 4.0 FT, MAJOR 4.5 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES – MINOR 1.6 FT, MODERATE 2.1 FT, MAJOR 2.6 FT
TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
——– ——— ——— ——— ——- ——–
11/07 AM 3.4 1.5 1.9 1 NONE
11/06 PM 3.7 1.8 1.6 1 MINOR
12/06 AM 3.6 1.7 1.6 1 MINOR
12/06 PM 3.6 1.7 1.6 1 MINOR
13/07 AM 3.4 1.5 1.5 1 NONE
13/07 PM 3.8 1.9 1.8 2 MINOR
Issuing Office: Wakefield
Source: National Weather Service
Issued: Tue, Sep 11, 8:25 AM EDT