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N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

Oct. 28, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

 

Renee Dallman, Senior Communications Specialist
757-253-6864; renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov

 

      10/28/12, 3:30 p.m. Update
James City County to open Emergency Operations Center,

continues to monitor Hurricane Sandy

 

The James City County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Commonwealth of Virginia is under an Emergency Declaration issued by the Governor on Friday, Oct. 26.

 

Officials are continuing to monitor weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy. James City County is under a coastal flood warning and a high wind warning. Hurricane Sandy continues to move northeasterly off of the North Carolina coast. The storm is forecast to move more northerly then to the north east tonight making landfall near southern New Jersey late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning. During this turn and move towards the coast the wind field for the storm will impact James City County. Residents should start to see higher winds overnight with the worst of the storm on Monday into Tuesday. Residents are urged to pay attention to local weather information for the most current forecasts.

 

Emergency personnel are beginning to get reports of water across roadways in some areas.  Residents are urged not to drive in flooded areas. High water is being caused by tidal surge related to Hurricane Sandy and will be most prominent during high tides.

 

Residents should expect sustained winds, rain and extended power outages. Power restoration efforts may take an extended period of time due to the size of the storm that includes much of the East Coast.

 

The County is not planning to open a shelter at this time, however, staff are on standby if needed.

 

County officials remain in contact with the National Weather Service at Wakefield, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion Virginia Power.
  
Now is the time to prepare your family and home with enough food, water, medication, cash and other supplies for at least 72 hours. Secure loose items outside.

 

County residents should sign up to receive local emergency alert information at JCCAlert.org. Text messaging charges may apply.

 

For more information, follow James City County on Facebook and Twitter, monitor local news media including TIDE Radio 92.3 FM; 107.9 WBQK FM; WMBG 740 AM; the County’s website jamescitycountyva.gov; JCC TV on Cox Cable 48; and the emergency hotline 757-875-2424.

 

Spanish-speaking residents are encouraged to visit www.ListoVirginia.gov for preparation information.

 

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