City of Virginia Beach Monitoring Potential for Severe Storms Early Thursday

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service/Wakefield, are monitoring the potential for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds.

While it is still too early to tell the extent to which it will impact our region, this weather system could bring heavy rain, thunderstorms, rough surf, hail, possible flooding and gale force winds to Virginia Beach and Southside Hampton Roads.

All operating departments are making appropriate storm preparations to include checking storm drains and pump stations, inspecting and securing equipment and reviewing staffing to support emergency conditions.

Taking some simple steps now can help residents prepare:  

  1. Know safety tips and build an emergency supply kit. Include drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger, blankets. Visit for a disaster supply checklist or for safety tips and information.
  2. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan and practice evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground.
  3. Remove and secure objects from outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds.
  4. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at  and

The city encourages all individuals in the region to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and its local news to monitor for severe weather updates and directions provided by local officials.

For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:

  • VBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information, including our city operational status and facility closures.
  • Social media sites:
  •  Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within city limits) or 385-3111. It provides the city's current operating status and facility closures. Please only call 911 in an emergency

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