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Albemarle County: Resources for Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence heading to the Carolinas (Image courtesy NOAA GOES-EAST) Hurricane Florence heading to the Carolinas (Image courtesy NOAA GOES-EAST)

09/11/2018 Release from Albemarle County:

As you are aware, Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the southeast in the coming days. It is too early to know the precise track the system will take, but it is expected that central Virginia will receive significant rainfall through the weekend, and flooding and heavy winds are expected. County, city, regional, and state partners are working together to prepare for this event.

Please take a few moments to review information below and create a plan to prepare for the storm.

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Prepare

  • Create an emergency kit so you can shelter-in-place safely and comfortably. Please remember your four-legged friends!
  • Property owners and property managers can reduce the possibility of flooding by keeping all conveyances clear of debris and other obstructions. Remove debris from stormwater grates, inlets, the upstream ends of open pipes and culverts, and the outfall structures of detention basins and ponds. Remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from channels upstream of pipes so this material doesn’t wash downstream and clog the pipes.
  • For the latest weather information: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Florence

Stay Safe

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
  • In the event of high winds, take shelter in a storm shelter or an interior room, away from windows.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.

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