Accomack and Northampton counties have declared a state of emergency effective at 3:30 p.m. Thursday ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Currently. THERE ARE NO PLANS TO OPEN SHELTERS AT THIS TIME;  however, emergency officials will closely monitor the situation.

It is still predicted that the Eastern Shore wil receive Nor’easter storm effects beginning midnight and into Friday.   We can anticipate winds of 35-45 mph with gusts upward to 50 mph along the coast, rainfall of 3-6 inches and moderate tidal flooding in low lying areas.

Local Government Closures for September 6:

  • Accomack and Northampton public schools will be closed
  • Accomack County offices and facilities, including the transfer station, northern landfill and convenience centers, will be closed.
  • Northampton County including the convenience centers and the transfer station will be closed.

Northampton County residents:

  • All should prepare for higher winds  (50-60 mph with gusts to 75 mph and extended high level flooding as this storm impacts our area.  Rainfall is predicted to be 4-8 inches.
  • Residents should prepare their homes by securing outdoor items such as lawn furniture, grills, planters and other lawn items that may be blown about by high winds.
  • Residents of mobile homes and those in low lying areas prone to flooding should seek shelter on higher ground or out of the area.  They should also prepare for loss of electrical power associated with high wind conditions.
  • Tides will be higher than normal and a significant storm surge will accompany high tides.  Boat owners should ensure the security of vessels for high wind conditions as well as greater than normal tidal changes.

All Eastern Shore residents should continually monitor local media outlets for information regarding the track of Hurricane Dorian.