Friday, October 26, 2012


Due to weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy, at 11am today the Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency, and at 4pm today the Director of Emergency Services has declared a State of Emergency for Essex County.

Wind speeds 30-40 miles per hour, gusts to over 55 mph, are expected to begin in the area on Saturday afternoon, lasting through through Wednesday. Heavy rain accumulations from 5-7" are anticipated from Saturday through Wednesday; storm surges of 2' – 5' can be expected with sustained high water for the duration of the storm.

County staff strongly encourages voluntary evacuation of the Lowery's Point, Lowery's Road, Coleman Island, Coleman Island Road, Shellfish Beach, Shellfish Beach Road, River Place and Grand View Beach at the low end and other low-lying areas prone to flooding due to potential accumulations of rainfall and storm surge. Voluntary evacuation of manufactured houses and houses with potential for damage from trees and potential access/egress issues is also strongly recommended.

Listen to your local radio station WRAR or WNNT for most current weather conditions as they will have the most pertinent information about local conditions.

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