VB Residents Are Urged to Make Plans for Severe Storms on Friday Evening

Friday, April 19, 2019

​Virginia Beach is asking that residents in the southern part of the city begin planning and making preparations for the storm conditions predicted for late Friday through Sunday.

The latest forecast calls for a round of showers and possible thunderstorms late Friday morning and into early afternoon. Beginning late Friday afternoon, a cold front will move in and a line of strong to severe storms will follow into late Friday night/early Saturday morning. These storms are predicted to drop 1" – 1.5" of rainfall, along with high winds of 20-30 mph, with gusts of up to 40 mph. Winds will be predominantly from the south. 

These storms will impact the area with possible downed trees and power lines, possible hail, and flash flooding in certain areas. The sustained, strong southerly winds will produce wind-tide flooding in Back Bay and the lower North Landing River.

Residents in the southern area of Virginia Beach should be particularly aware of these forecasts and conditions. Because of the prolonged winds from the south and waters being slow in receding, this will most likely mean some tidal flooding and high water in certain areas, which could require some road closures.

Attached is a map of the potential high water locations when the Back Bay and the lower North Landing River water level are between 2 and 3 feet. With the prolonged southerly winds and existing water levels over the last week, residents could be facing these high water levels in certain areas and on some roads. Residents who are in susceptible areas are urged to begin preparing now for the storm in case of flooding or flash flood warnings being issued. 

Public Works will be monitoring conditions all through the weekend and will have staff on standby to take any necessary actions, including road closures, high water signs, and other needed actions to deal with these conditions. 

Other steps being taken by the City are:

  • Virginia Beach Police, Fire and EMS are preparing their staff and resources for the storm and will have high water vehicles available in the areas that may have access issues due to flooded roads.
  • Emergency Management will be coordinating with Public Works and the public safety agencies to identify the areas with flooded roads and high water for the citizens.  We are coordinating with Dominion Energy in the expectation of some power outages due to the high winds.
  • Public safety reminds all residents and visitors the importance of not walking, swimming, or driving through flood waters. Remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown!"  Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • The Office of Emergency Communications and Citizen Services reminds residents to call 9-1-1 for emergencies and 311 for non-emergencies

Residents can go to the City's web site at www.VBgov.com, the City's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for updates and notices about road closures and high water areas.

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