According to Bryan Rush, Emergency Management Director with the Town of Chincoteague, Chincoteague Island is still under a mandatory evacuation order.

Chincoteague could see windy with some gusts at tropical storm force (>39mph), rainfall at 2-4 inches, and moderate coastal flooding with levels possibly near or slightly above what was seen this past Sunday evening. (5.1’ Mean Lower Low Water). Power outages will also be possible.

The Town of Chincoteague has issued a mandatory evacuation for all non-residents beginning at 8AM, today, September 12. All non-residents should return to their primary homes at this time.

Local Shelters will open at 5PM Today. The shelter is located at:

Arcadia High School, 8210 Lankford Hwy., Oak Hall, VA 23416

Residents who go to a shelter should bring a picture ID and come prepared to be self-sustaining for three days.  They should bring nonperishable food items, bedding and hygiene items, changes of clothing, quiet items such as books and games, and whatever medications are needed.  No smoking, drugs, alcohol, or weapons of any kind are allowed in the shelter.

Even though impacts appear to be less than originally forecast, citizens should still prepare for tropical storm conditions and secure your property.

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

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


Eastern Shore Firefighters