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City Prepared for Approaching Storm

Post Date:09/13/2018 12:20 PM

In anticipation of approaching weather, the City of Williamsburg is prepared and ready to respond to any impacts. While current forecasts predict the storm to track more southerly, indicating less severe weather in the Williamsburg area, hurricanes are highly unpredictable. Residents are encouraged to monitor the weather and forecasts.  

The area should begin to experience increased wind and rain late Thursday night and continuing into Saturday. “This is a particularly difficult storm to anticipate because of the fluctuations in its track,” says the City’s Emergency Coordinator and Fire Chief Pat Dent. “We expect rain and wind, but how much of either and for how long, is uncertain at this time. The best thing is for everyone to prepare for localized flooding, increased wind and possible power outages.”

Final preparations may include:

  • Have adequate cash on hand to operate for several days (in case of power outages that prevent credit card and ATM use).
  • Be sure medications (including oxygen tanks) are filled.
  • Secure any objects that might be blown around by increased winds.
  • Ensure that all vehicles are serviced and fueled.
  • Have a flashlight and extra batteries within reach.
  • Charge smartphones, cell phones, power packs and tablets.

The state opened an emergency shelter at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center (William & Mary) at 705 S. Henry Street. For more information on the state shelter, please call 2-1-1.

The City is prepared to activate Emergency Operations Center to coordinate City efforts if necessary.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed of local services and storm-related news and activities. Local sources include:

  • The City website at www.williamsburgva.gov – there is an emergency banner at the top of the page with the most up-to-date information.
  • The City’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Williamsburg.Virginia.
  • The City’s Twitter feed @WilliamsburgGov.
  • Local news sources such as the Virginia Gazette, WY Daily, The Tide 92.3 FM and WMBG 93.5 FM and 740 AM.
  • Regional news sources including WTKR TV-3, WAVY-TV 10 and WVEC TV-13.
  • The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Ready Virginia at www.readyvirginia.gov .
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