Ladies and Gentlemen,
Isaias has increased to hurricane strength. Details
available here. As of this morning’s
11 am conference call with VDEM and NWS, there has been a slight shift west
toward the coast; however, of course, that could change. If an inland approach, we could see a heavier
rain threat and if off the coast perhaps more of a wind threat.
Incidentally, as quickly as this system will be moving tidal
flooding does not appear to be a severe threat.
To be clear, tidal flooding could be possible, just not of major
significance at this point. There is
also a possibility of seeing 4-6” of rainfall as this develops.
NWS reports the earliest reasonable time to see the onset of
tropical storm-level winds is late Monday afternoon; the most likely timing
will be overnight Monday into Tuesday.
VDEM will be recommending a state declaration later today or
by tomorrow morning.
The Planning and Logistics sections are scheduled to meet
this afternoon at 2 pm. More to come
soon after. In the meantime, if you have
any storm-related resource needs, please submit them soonest to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response