Hurricane Sandy – Important Information
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 @ 10:06AM
Hurricane Sandy is making its way up the eastern coast of the United States and is expected to become a storm of historic proportions. Forecasters predict that there is the potential for Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter to collide pounding the Washington, D.C. region with significant rain, winds, and flooding that could last for days.
On Friday, well in advance of this storm, Governor McDonnell declared the entire Commonwealth of Virginia in a State of Emergency.
The storm will affect Northern Virginia in two stages: The first stage will be from today through Sunday, as the hurricane pushes northward well east of the Southeast U.S. coast. Generally, most areas west of I-95 will see much less rain and lighter winds than areas east of I-95 Sunday, but all residents should be alert for any changes in track.
The second stage is the one that could bring the greatest impact to Virginia. That stage will be Monday, Monday night and Tuesday, as Sandy collides with the nor’easter, and is pulled westward, making landfall somewhere on the Delmarva Peninsula. Strong northwesterly winds south of the storm could last for a couple of days, along with more rain. This more prolonged period of stronger winds (Monday and Tuesday) will end by early Wednesday as the storm slowly loses strength to our north over land.
You can monitor this storm by clicking NOAA
Preparing for the Storm
- Have a full tank of gas in a vehicle
- Make sure you have extra cash
- Have a disaster supplies kit ready to go.
- Make sure every family member carries or wears identification.
- Listen to the radio or television and NOAA Weather Radio for current information.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed.
- Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for bathing, flushing toilets,and cleaning, but do not drink this water.
- Secure or bring inside such outdoor items as patio furniture, kids’ slides, and power mowers.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Shut off other utilities if emergency officials advise you to do so.
Please take the time to look at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website. It answers many questions about preparing for an emergency, how an evacuation would work, and assisting special needs citizens.
In addition, both Fairfax and Prince William Counties have excellent websites that contain important and timely information:
Click here for Fairfax County
NOTE: Fairfax County has an excellent list for Top 10 Digital Preparedness Tips – Click here
Click here for Prince William County
Emergencies, Reporting Outages & Traffic Issues
Emergency contact information for reporting utility outages and traffic problems is as follows:
To check road condition, you can call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.
Please make sure to use 9-1-1 only for true emergencies.
Non-emergency numbers are:
Fairfax County: 703-691-2131
Prince William County: 703-792-6500
I will be monitoring the storm during its duration. If you have any need for assistance and/or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at (703) 815-1201 or email me at: DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov
Please take the time to prepare and stay safe.