We recently concluded a conference call with the NWS, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Energy and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. Here’s the latest.
Based on the latest Tide chart for Sewell’s Point, we’re reminded that we’re going to receive 3-4 consecutive and stacking minor to moderate high tides which will result in moderate flood levels. Moreover, beach erosion will be an issue; however, per the experimental USGS / NOAA / NWS Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer, the Bay area does not appear as vulnerable as the Virginia Beach coast and that of the Eastern Shore and the Outer Banks (click here for graphic).
As it pertains to power outages, the Dominion Energy Outage Viewer shows 1,530 outages in Norfolk out of 100,113 customers (1.5%). Dominion is fully engaged and will continue to be throughout the incident.
Dominion message to the community: Windy weather conditions may cause downed power lines. Please stay clear of lines and report to 866-366-4357.
USCG Sector Hampton Roads reported modified port condition YANKEE which means vessel traffic control measures are in effect.
Hourly wind graph provided here are your review.
Parking availability in Norfolk during the weekend:
City of Norfolk is opening the York Street parking garage at 6:00 p.m. today through Monday, March 5th at 8:00 a.m. for residents to move their vehicles to dry ground. The garage is located at 215 West York Street. Drivers will take a ticket on entry. The exit gates will be open.
Old Dominion University will open Garages A/B on W. 43rd Street and Garage E at West 49th and Bluestone to the general public 6:00 p.m. today. Vehicles must be removed by Monday morning.
Norfolk Public Schools will open school parking lots to the general public at 6:00 p.m. today. Vehicles must be removed by Monday morning.
THANK YOU NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY!!!
Finally, please remind folks this is a good time to register for Norfolk Alert. https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612694#/overview Registered users can receive texts, emails or phone calls with Norfolk storm-related information. Also, for official updates throughout the weekend, visit www.norfolk.gov or follow the City on Facebook and Twitter.
Next NWS update is expected later this afternoon. If there is nothing significant, I will simply post a spot report to this blog without sending an alert.
Director, Norfolk EOC