The Town of Chincoteague’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Florence. The Town is still in a state of emergency.

Hurricane Florence remains a large and powerful storm. Due to the size of the storm, our area may still receive impacts, although forecasts are starting to show less impacts than originally predicted. Even though impacts appear to be less than originally forecast, citizens and visitors should still prepare for tropical storm wind gusts, heavy downpours, tidal flooding (saltwater) with possible road closures and power outages.

Residents and visitors of the south end of Chincoteague Island (Inlet View Campground, Ocean Breeze Trailer Park, Bay Front Travel Trailer Park and Bunker Hill Camping Area) need to prepare for saltwater flooding. Large swells through the Chincoteague Inlet and high tides will make this area much more likely to flood.

The Town of Chincoteague has CANCELLED the evacuation order for all non-residents at noon, today, September 13. The island is open to all citizens and visitors.

The shelter at Arcadia High school remains open for anyone that would feel safer off of the island during the event.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore are closed until further notice. Anyone that had planned to travel to the island for a scheduled event, should check with the event organizer before doing so, as many events have been cancelled through the weekend.

Please stay tuned to local media, the Town’s Official Facebook page or EOC page, and www.chincoteague-va.gov for updates and further instructions. You can also sign up for Code Red Reverse Calling at www.chincoteague-va.gov.