Tazewell County Is Warning Residents To Be Ready For Hurricane Florence

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WOAY) – The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors has been closely following the weather forecasts pertaining to Hurricane Florence as it approaches the mid-Atlantic Coast and issues the following statement.

Current projections indicate Eastern Tazewell County will receive up to four inches of rain and high winds up to thirty-five miles per hour beginning sometime Thursday evening. Western Tazewell County should receive one to three inches of rain and winds of up to twenty-five miles per hour during the same time period. However, the track of the storm may change, resulting in more rain and higher winds than currently expected. Most importantly recent heavy rains and a wetter than normal summer have saturated the ground such that any significant rainfall presents a hazard. Residents should not assume that because rainfall projections from the storm may be relatively low that this will not be a significant event.

Residents should prepare for a major storm event. Residents should store three gallons of water per person and food for three days. Stored food should not require refrigeration or cooking. Residents should have three days supply of medications on hand. Residents also should charge their cell phones ahead of the storm and have a battery operated radio available.

Flooding and power outages are expected when the storm arrives. Residents should avoid travel during the storm event. If you must travel avoid standing water. Do not attempt to drive through water in streets and roads as the water may be deeper or moving more swiftly than it appears.

If your home is in danger of flooding do not delay leaving your home as water levels may rise faster than you expect. If you must leave your home, Tazewell County has placed storm shelter sites on standby. Television and radio notices will be issued if the shelters are opened. The Shelter locations are The Town of Richlands Police Department, The Department of Social Services Building near the Tazewell Mall, The Graham High School Gymnasiums, and the Rescue 945 Building in Boissevain.

For shelter information call 276-988-0645. If you have an emergency contact 911. Otherwise, do not call 911 for general information or traffic reports.

Interim County Administrator, Eric Young, stated “This is a large and powerful storm. We hope the storm track continues to shift South away from Tazewell County. But these predictions can change by the hour. We are going to prepare and ask our residents to prepare as though the storm is going to shift North again and track directly into Tazewell County. We urge our residents to take this advisory seriously. The rains we have had earlier this week will make the rains from the storm much more damaging than the numbers for the storm indicate.”

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