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Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

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Jul 31

Team Norfolk Hurricane Isaias Update 7-31-2020 11:30 am

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 11:36 AM by Daniel Hudson

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Isaias has increased to hurricane strength.  Details available here.  As of this morning’s 11 am conference call with VDEM and NWS, there has been a slight shift west toward the coast; however, of course, that could change.  If an inland approach, we could see a heavier rain threat and if off the coast perhaps more of a wind threat. 

Incidentally, as quickly as this system will be moving tidal flooding does not appear to be a severe threat.  To be clear, tidal flooding could be possible, just not of major significance at this point.  There is also a possibility of seeing 4-6” of rainfall as this develops. 

NWS reports the earliest reasonable time to see the onset of tropical storm-level winds is late Monday afternoon; the most likely timing will be overnight Monday into Tuesday. 

VDEM will be recommending a state declaration later today or by tomorrow morning.

The Planning and Logistics sections are scheduled to meet this afternoon at 2 pm.  More to come soon after.  In the meantime, if you have any storm-related resource needs, please submit them soonest to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.




Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response