Arthur Poses Minor Threat to Virginia Beach; Main Concern at Bay Beaches

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The City of Virginia Beach is closely monitoring Hurricane Arthur. The main threat for our city is to Chesapeake Bay beaches, due to the coincidence of high tide Friday midday and northerly winds form the passing storm. This is expected to produce waves on the bay of 4 to 5 feet and a minor storm surge of about 1 to 1.5 feet. This will create some erosion and the potential for some minor nuisance flooding.


Forecasts call for total rainfall in Virginia Beach of less than 2 inches.


For Atlantic Ocean beaches, we expect less impact, as the storm moves farther east and winds are expected to be parallel to the beach, not perpendicular to it. We expect some beach erosion, but we do not anticipate any breaks of the dune system.



For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations, as well as, the city’s VBTV channels (Cox Cable 46, 47 and 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 and 47) and these social media sites:

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Citizen Services at 311 (landlines within City limits) or 385-3111 provides the city’s current operating condition status and facilities closure notices. Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.


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