Hurricane Florence Update #2

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2018

Office of Intergovernmental & Public Affairs
Contact: Herbert Bragg
Email: hbragg@hopewellva.gov
PH: (804) 541-2270
DIPA-9-12-18-002
 

         HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE #2

 Hopewell, VA.  Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph. It is forecast to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina’s coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday.  Florence’s tropical-storm-force wind field extends 175 miles from the eye. Florence is one of the strongest hurricanes on the eastern seaboard in decades.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency late Saturday in order to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts, and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management in concert with City of Hopewell officials encourages all residents to continue preparing NOW for any potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. Though the current forecast shows landfall along a more southerly route, there still remains a possibility that tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding could still impact the City of Hopewell.

Citizens should remember that flash floods could happen at any time and that flooding is the most deadly and damaging part of any hurricane.  In addition, citizens should remember to “turn around and don’t drown.” Do not drive across flooded roadways, as it only takes six inches of water to move a vehicle and roads may be washed out beneath the floodwaters.

Continue to Prepare Now

Get your home, business and family ready for whatever impacts this storm may bring. Remember that Hurricane season lasts through November, so it is important to always maintain a level of preparedness. In advance of the storm, assemble your emergency kit including food, water medications, pet supplies and important documents that you will need to take with you if asked to evacuate in short order.

Make a plan. Planning is especially important for people with dependents who have special needs, are elderly, have pets, etc. in the case you were to lose power. Plan to make it on your own for the first 72 hours. This means keeping food, water, and other supplies stored in an easy-to-carry container located in a convenient location.  Don’t forget cash and important family documents. Also, have a place to go if your home is damaged and you need to evacuate. Stay informed.

The City of Hopewell has set-up and equipped the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and it is operational and ready to be occupied in case of significant impacts to the City.

If you haven’t already Go to www.hopewellva.gov  and Sign up for CodeRED.   Code RED is the City’s Emergency Notification System, and the primary way the City communicates emergency information to the public.

Stay tuned to local media to include monitoring the City’s website, FaceBook and Instagram pages. The City will continue to monitor Hurricane Florence and provide periodic updates as details develop.