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Hurricane Earl Update

Virginia state agencies are in a heightened state of readiness with Hurricane Earl predicted to track up and near the east coast.  There is constant communication and coordination between the National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation and other agencies.  County emergency officials are closely monitoring the situation as well.

While the track of the storm is still undetermined,  state officials are expecting that at a minimum, Virginia could see above normal tides and the possibility of some storm surge into coastal areas.  New videos have been posted on about storm surge and hurricane preparedness. 

Local residents need to pay attention to Hurricane Earl and be sure their families are prepared.  Set aside three days’ food and water.  Be sure to have a hand-crank or battery-powered radio and extra batteries in case the power is out so you can hear emergency information from local officials.  Most importantly, make a family emergency communications plan.  Get information and a worksheet at

Prepare for Hurricanes

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane. 
    • Hurricane Watch: a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor weather-alerting radios and local radio and television news outlets for information. 
    • Hurricane Warning: a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
  • Prepare to secure your property. 
    • Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. 
    • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
    • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed.
  • Make a plan to evacuate in case you are advised to do so. 
  • Lock the door behind you. 
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible. The water might be contaminated or electrically charged. However, should you find yourself trapped in your vehicle in rising water get out immediately and seek higher ground. 
  • Be alert for tornadoes and flooding. If you see a funnel cloud or if local authorities issue a tornado warning take shelter underground, if possible or in an interior room away from windows. If waters are rising quickly or local authorities issue a floor of flash flood warning, seek higher ground. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution. 
  • Do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. Even after the hurricane and after flood waters recede, roads might be weakened and could collapse. Buildings might be unstable, and drinking water might be contaminated. Use common sense and exercise caution.
  • If you are not able to evacuate, make a plan to safely stay where you are.

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