Virginia Beach Faces Serious Storm Surge Threat

Irene #036 – 11:35 a.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has reaffirmed its concerns regarding possible storm surge levels in the Lynnhaven River.  Projected to be six to seven feet above normal, storm surge levels could reach 2009 Nor’easter levels.  This is compounded by Hurricane Irene’s arrival coinciding with a rising tide.  Current projections indicate the Lynnhaven will crest in the 11 p.m.-to-midnight Saturday timeframe.


Citizens who experienced flooding or near-flooding in the 2009 Nor’easter should consider evacuating to the City Shelter at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive.


For the most up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Irene citizens are urged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations as well as the outlets listed below:


  • City’s VBTV Channels: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information including our City operational status and facilities closure notices
  • Television Channels: WTKR 3, WAVY 10 and WVEC 13
  • Local radio stations
  • Social Media Sites:
  • Citizen Services: 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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