City of Virginia Beach Monitoring Potential for Severe Storms

Monday, August 28, 2017

​The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service/Wakefield, are monitoring a weather system that could bring heavy rain, rough surf, possible tidal flooding and gale force winds to Virginia Beach, especially along the Chesapeake Bay, and Southside Hampton Roads. The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory for the Chesapeake Bay through 4 a.m. Tuesday.

City 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. A couple of early notifications:

  • The Concert Series event tomorrow night (Tuesday, Aug. 29) at 31st Street will be rescheduled, new date TBD.
  • Waste Management Division has suspended bulky item collections that had been scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 29). 

Residents can take a number of simple steps to prepare themselves, including:

  1. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds. 
  2. Sign up for VBAlert at www.vbgov.com/VBAlert​ to get emergency alerts from the City of Virginia Beach via text message and/or email.
  3. Visit www.Ready.gov for a good list of supplies to have on hand, including drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger and blankets.
  4. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan and practice evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground.
  5. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather  and www.VBgov.com/beprepared.

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.
  • VBgov.com
  • Social media sites:
  •  Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within city limits) or 385-3111 is available 24 hours a day. It provides the city's current operating status and facility closures. Please only call 911 in an emergency

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