Hurricane Sandy to Affect Normal Outflow of Low Tide in the Lynnhaven and Elizabeth River Basins

Sandy #013

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is expected to deliver sustained 30-plus miles per hour northerly winds for over 30 hours, which will affect the normal outflow of low tide in the Lynnhaven and Elizabeth Basins.  It is estimated that up to six high/low tide cycles may be stacked within the Lynnhaven and Elizabeth.


Tidal surge will culminate in a more than seven-foot high tide on Monday, Oct. 29 at midmorning. This will result in flooding of low-lying areas.  Structures below the elevation of six feet above sea level are at a high risk of being inundated.


City staff is posting Sandy specific inundation maps showing impacts to specific neighborhoods.  These .pdf files can be viewed in the “Related Information” section of the Hurricane Sandy webpage  Staff has also posted a projection of Sandy’s tidal and surge levels as compared to historical storms of the past at the same webpage.


Residents are urged to stay informed of current weather conditions and stay tuned to local television and radio stations, including the city’s VBTV channels, which will display emergency information, on Cox Cable Channels 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable Channels 45, 46 & 47.

Emergency preparedness information is available at For up-to-date storm information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#VBSandy), or call VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 on landlines within the city limits, (757) 385-3111 by cell phone, or visit for online assistance.


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