We had a meeting of the County Emergency Services Committee this morning for a conference call with Virginia Dept of Emergency Management (VDEM). Here is their report for our area.
The storm is expected to be around South Carolina tomorrow. The storm is expected to turn more to the Northeast over the coming days. Unless it takes a more westerly turn, we should mostly see expanding wind fields in our area, with tropical storm winds in the 30-40 mph range beginning Thursday afternoon/evening and into Friday.
- Gusts could be in the 45 mph range.
- Rain amounts could be 2-4 inches.
- There is a possibility of coastal flooding north of Windmill Point.
- In the Hampton Roads area, the winds are expected to be in the 35-45 mph range, with 60 mph gusts possible. Rain totals may reach 3-6 inches with moderate coastal flooding.
VDEM and the Governor’s Office will try to make a decision on evacuation tomorrow morning. If there is any evacuation, it will most likely be for areas below Windmill Point.
In Northumberland County, we currently have no plans to open a shelter. We will monitor the situation closely for changes in Dorian’s track.
The most recent information about the hurricane can be found on the National Hurricane Center website.