Team Norfolk –
We kicked off the morning with our EOC briefing which
included representation from the National Weather Service (NWS), then a Policy
Group meeting, followed by a conference call with Dominion Energy and then a
regional call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and National
Since yesterday’s update, Norfolk has been included in the
Tropical Storm Warning area. The
forecasted impacts for this storm have not changed: winds, possible tornado
activity, and power outages. Wind gusts
are still projected upward of 70mph which will very likely cause power
outages. According to the updated Hourly
Graph, winds will begin to increase around midnight tonight with gusts
peaking upward of 70mph around 7-8am. The
window for possible tornado activity is likely around midnight and 3am and
Dominion Energy reports the peak timeframe for outages will be tomorrow between
8am and 2pm.
forecast still shows 1.5” – 2” in our area.
Because it could occur heavy at times, parking garages will be open in
various locations throughout the city to include Old Dominion University. Starting tonight at 6pm, these are the York
Street Garage (215 West York St), Bank Street Garage (420 Monticello Ave) and
St. Paul’s Lot (521 Wood St) as well as the parking garages at Old Dominion
University. All vehicles must be cleared by 8am Wednesday.
As for shelters, the threat on which we base decisions to
open shelters (i.e. storm surge) is not forecasted to be an impact in our area;
therefore, the recommendation has been made NOT to open. Still, all eyes are on Isaias, and should
there be a significant shift in the track, everything is in place to open them
Ahead of the storm’s impacts, we can expect a local declaration
Please stand by for additional updates.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response