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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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Aug 03

Team Norfolk Storm Isaias Update 8-3-2020

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 2:42 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team Norfolk –

We kicked off the morning with our EOC briefing which included representation from the National Weather Service (NWS), then a Policy Group meeting, followed by a conference call with Dominion Energy and then a regional call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and National Weather Service.

Since yesterday’s update, Norfolk has been included in the Tropical Storm Warning area.  The forecasted impacts for this storm have not changed: winds, possible tornado activity, and power outages.  Wind gusts are still projected upward of 70mph which will very likely cause power outages.  According to the updated Hourly Graph, winds will begin to increase around midnight tonight with gusts peaking upward of 70mph around 7-8am.  The window for possible tornado activity is likely around midnight and 3am and Dominion Energy reports the peak timeframe for outages will be tomorrow between 8am and 2pm.

The Precipitation forecast still shows 1.5” – 2” in our area.  Because it could occur heavy at times, parking garages will be open in various locations throughout the city to include Old Dominion University.  Starting tonight at 6pm, these are the York Street Garage (215 West York St), Bank Street Garage (420 Monticello Ave) and St. Paul’s Lot (521 Wood St) as well as the parking garages at Old Dominion University. All vehicles must be cleared by 8am Wednesday. 

As for shelters, the threat on which we base decisions to open shelters (i.e. storm surge) is not forecasted to be an impact in our area; therefore, the recommendation has been made NOT to open.  Still, all eyes are on Isaias, and should there be a significant shift in the track, everything is in place to open them if necessary.

Ahead of the storm’s impacts, we can expect a local declaration later tonight.

Please stand by for additional updates.

Thank you!


Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response