While the Eastern Shore remains under a tropical storm watch, Accomack County EMS Director Charles Pruitt has notified us that there will be no mandatory evacuations during the event.
The EMS directors for Accomack, Northampton and Chincoteague will participate in a conference call at 11:30 Wednesday morning and will release more information.
By the numbers the probabilities look like this. On the Eastern Shore we are expecting 1-3 inches of rainfall with the upper end of that scale being in Northampton County. According to the National Hurricane Center there is a 10% chance of excessive rainfall on the Eastern Shore and a 5% chance of flash flooding.
There are no storm surge watches or warnings posted for the Eastern Shore.
As far as the winds are concerned there is a 30% chance of winds in excess of 39 miles per hour. The strongest winds will occur on the seaside beaches with winds from 20-30 mph inland and on the bayside.
The marine forecast calls for winds on the seaside to be 20-25 knots late Thursday and increasing to 30-35 knots on Friday with possible 50 kt gusts and 11 foot seas. Obviously no one should venture out in a boat on the seaside until further notice.
On the bayside the marine forecast calls for northeast winds early Friday of 30 to 35 knots with possible 50 knot gusts in the open bay. Friday night Tropical storm conditions possible with northeast winds 30-35 knots with possible gusts to 40 knots. 6 ft waves subsiding to 4 ft after midnight. Winds should diminish in the early morning hours of Saturday.
As of now it doesn’t appear that there will be substantial damage due to heavy winds. There could be some tree limbs down and a few scattered power outages but widespread damage is not expected at this time.
As far as the tides are concerned there may be some minimal to moderate flooding in the typical low lying areas of both the bay and seasides during the high tide cycles on Friday. However major flooding is not expected.
Emergency Services officials for both counties and Chincoteague met Tuesday. As of now there are no planned shelter openings nor are they expecting evacuations. Officials urge Eastern Shore residents to continue monitor the storm.
Dorian is expected to be a category one storm when it passes by Cape Hatteras sometime during the day on Friday.
A&N Electric Cooperative preparing for the Storm
A&N Electric Cooperative and its tree trimming crews are prepared to respond to any outages related to tree damage associated with the storm.
“We will continue to monitor the storm’s path and will be ready for any outage issues associated with it,” said Brian Charnock, Director of Operations and Construction Services for the cooperative. “The storm continues to track very close to our area so it would be best for members to be prepared in case the storm’s forecast suddenly changes.”
Cooperative crews will be ready beginning Thursday night to be dispatched to restore power if outages occur.
If power should go out, please try to cut off heat pumps, electric water heaters and other major appliances so that load will not be excessive when lines are being reenergized. After power has been restored for several minutes, gradually restart only those necessary appliances. After about 30 minutes you should be able to return to normal operation.
Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should make plans for alternate arrangements in the event of prolonged outages.
Cooperative members are urged to continue monitoring forecasts and seek information from trusted, official sources.
Staying safe during and after the storm:
- Stay away from downed wires or damaged electric equipment. Touching energized wires can lead to injuries and death. If you see downed wires, call the Cooperative or 911 immediately.
- If you use a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Some produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly. Make sure your generator is installed properly. A generator must be installed with a double-pole, double throw transfer switch to keep it from backfeeding in the cooperative’s distribution system.
- To report an outage, please call 757-787-9750 or use our SmartHub app. Live outage information can be found on our website www.anec.com. Our outage map is also available on mobile devices.