Two road closures remain on the Eastern Shore. In Accomack County Hillsboro Road continues to be washed out and will remain so indefinitely. In Northampton, Wardtown Road near Happy Union remains closed due to standing water.
Governor Northam’s evacuation order remains in effect for residents of Zone A even though it appears there will be relatively little effect here from Florence. As of now, forecasters expect gusty winds, some at the seaside beaches may approach tropical storm levels. Inland, winds could gust to 30 mph. Approximately 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected from now until Sunday with minor to moderate tidal flooding in the low lying areas. Roads that were flooded in those areas last weekend will probably be flooded again this weekend. The winds will be a little higher and there could be more rain in lower Northampton County. The tropical storm watch for the areas from the North Carolina line to Cape Charles has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning.
Florence has been down graded to a category 2 storm as it approaches the coast of North Carolina. It is expected to become a tropical depression before recurving north and moving over western Virginia.
Shelters remain open for now, a parking lot survey showed 13 cars and a labor bus at Nandua last night at 8:00 p.m. There were three cars at Nandua Middle School which is open to Northampton residents.
Shelters will remain open as long as Governor Northam’s evacuation order remains in effect. EMS directors for Northampton, Accomack and Chincoteague plan to reevaluate the situation sometime today.
Island House closed today and tomorrow. (Thursday & Friday)