We want to reassure residents that we are actively monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and are preparing for its arrival. Our City Emergency Management services will be ready and will be working throughout the weekend to provide emergency response services.
Weather Update– the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia has stated that there is still uncertainty pertaining to the path of Hurricane Florence with respect to impact to our City and region. Their models consistently have shown Florence making landfall in the Carolinas this Friday with a risk to Southeastern Virginia as well. However, Florence could still shift 100 miles north or south. If it shifts north, then we could get hit directly with hurricane force winds and rain. Even if we are spared from being impacted directly by Florence as the current model shows, we are still at risk for heavy rain (4-10 inches) and winds (potentially tropical storm force winds) in our City and region. What this means for us is a chance for localized flooding in our area through the weekend (starting Friday) into early next week. Soil saturation from heavy rains this year may result in trees falling and downed power lines. The National Weather Service also warned us about the very serious risk of tornados during the storm. The weather forecast is constantly changing, so please stay tuned and informed-.
City Response– the City’s Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated (City Manager, Police, Fire/EMS, Public Works, and IT) starting 8am on Friday through the weekend. The City will coordinate local responses and will work with regional partners throughout the weekend, including NOVEC ( / or call 703-335-0500 or toll-free 1-888-335-0500 to report outages) and the Red Cross (1-800-733-2767). Our Public Works will work diligently to deal with the impacts of downed trees on public roads and safeguarding downed power lines until NOVEC addresses the issue. Our Police and Fire Department will be available for emergency response. Please call 911 for any emergencies. If impacted directly by Hurricane Florence or a Tornado, the City will establish its emergency shelter at our Community Center (99 Adams St) as a primary, or our Middle School (8202 Euclid Ave) if the Community Center is severely damaged. To get non-emergency support during the storm, please call 703-361-1136.
What you can do– please stay safe! Please take steps to prepare today prior to the event-. If the City is impacted with severe winds and rain, we ask that you stay off the roads if possible. Please be our eyes and ears during the event and let us know if you see downed trees on roads or downed power lines, or any emergency you see, so that the City can respond. City Hurricane communications will be found on the City’s Police Website- and Facebook page- . Thank you and stay safe.