Potential Tropical Cyclone #16 is expected to become a Tropical Storm (Ophelia) by the evening of September 22nd as it continues its path North. It is expected to impact the Eastern Shore of Virginia from late Friday night through Sunday morning. Accomack County, the Town of Chincoteague, and Northampton County Emergency Management officials are advising all residents to prepare for these effects. Residents should continually monitor local media outlets for information regarding the track of this system as storm movement is subject to change.
High winds and significant rainfall from PTC #16 are currently forecasted for the Eastern Shore. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph can be expected starting late Friday and continuing until Sunday morning. Rainfall amounts are predicted to be 3-4 inches throughout the storm. High tides and rainfall may lead to significant tidal flooding with potential impacts to travel and property.
Residents should prepare their homes by securing outdoor items such as lawn furniture, gas grills as well as consulting their preparedness plans.
Winds may be significant at times. Mobile homes and RV/camp lodging may be vulnerable to high wind damage. High winds may also topple trees.
Boat owners should ensure the security of vessels for high wind conditions as well as greater than normal tidal changes.
Low lying areas may be vulnerable to tidal flooding. Residents should be aware of possible roadway flooding. Do NOT drive on flooded roadways.
Residents should also prepare for periodic to sustained losses in electrical power associated with high wind conditions.
As with any major weather event, residents are asked to gather at least the following items in the event of loss of power and access to commercial business:
- Bottled water ( one gallon per person, per day) for 3 days
- Canned or packaged food for 3 days
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- First aid supplies
- A non-electric can opener
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- 3 days of supplies for all pets in the household
- Solar or battery powered radio
- Corded telephone
No evacuation orders are being issued at this time.