Hurricane Matthew Update at 3 p.m. in Virginia Beach

Sunday, October 09, 2016

​Power Outages: Reports of 67,000, down from 72,000 at noon. Contact Dominion to report power outages (866) 366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.​

Signalized intersections throughout the city are without power. All intersections with non-functioning traffic lights and no posted signs or officers conducting traffic directions should be consider as 4-way stops. Vehicles must stop and evaluate safe passage and “right-of-way” opportunities.

Road Conditions: Many roads are impassable and conditions are dangerous. Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on, Facebook ( and Twitter ( List updated 2:42 p.m.

Emergency Shelter for Animals – if you must take advantage of the shelter at Cox High School and have a pet, the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center will be open overnight to accept pets - 341 S. Birdneck Rd. If you can’t make it to ACAC, bring the pet to the Cox High School Shelter and a staff member with AC Unit will be there to accept your pet and transport it to the animal shelter. Bring any medications. There is no cost to board your animal in an emergency situation. When the Cox High School shelter closes, you must pick up the animal within 24 hours.

Shelter: an emergency shelter will open at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive

If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.).​

These items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).

Report Damage: With the Declaration, the City has opened the damage reporting form. Use the Property Damage Form located on this page. The information is used to reporting to the state and federal governments for potential individual assistance programs.

National Guard: 2 high water trucks, 3 Humvees and 2 debris removal teams are at work.

Closings: All city parks, recreation centers, libraries, Virginia Aquarium and museums are closed today. The Adoption Center at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is also closed. Virginia Beach City Public Schools have cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).

Disabled Vehicles – disabled vehicles that are impeding traffic will be towed at the owners’ expense. Vehicle tow locations can be obtained through VB 311 (385-3111).

All non-emergency Police, Fire and EMS-related calls are being prioritized. Expect delays. # # #