The updated forecast for Hurricane Florence predicts landfall further south in the Carolinas and the area south of Cape Hatteras will bear the brunt of the storm. Although this shift puts Cape Charles in a more favorable position, we are still likely to experience periods of strong winds, street flooding from storm surge, and power outages.
The Public Works crew has moved the LOVE sign as a precaution.
Please stay off the beach and fishing pier during the storm. Avoid unnecessary risks and stay safe!
If residents would like to move their vehicles to higher ground, the Bay Creek Golf Course Parking lot is available for use. Residents should stop at the Bay Creek Gatehouse and obtain a Guest Pass to be placed on the rearview mirror.
Code Official Jeb Brady will be attending another meeting with the Northampton County EMS team this afternoon, followed by a town department head meeting. Another notification will be provided to all residents around 5PM via Nixle and the town’s website.
We want to remind everyone, including boaters, to secure your property.
Boat owners: If you must leave your boat in the water, please make sure that it is secure. For boats parked on the streets, please make sure to secure your boat to the trailer to ensure that it does not float off the trailer during high water.
If you are a neighbor of a part-time resident, please pay attention to your neighbors’ homes as well as your own. Below is a list of items for consideration to avoid damages from the winds that may come with the storm:
Secure all Outdoor Items in case of strong winds:
- Lawn / yard furniture (tables, chairs, umbrellas, etc.)
- Decorative items
- Boat and utility trailers in the yard or the street
- Trash Receptacles
- Anything else that can be blown around in the high winds potentially causing damage to personal property
Please DO NOT put any yard debris, brush or other trash on the street curb. Any debris can pose a safety hazard in strong winds and will clog storm drains if any flooding occurs.
If there is any street flooding, DO NOT drive your vehicle through high water. If you cannot see the pavement, DO NOT go through it as this could cause irreparable damage to your vehicle.
Mayor Dize and the Town staff appreciate everyone’s assistance during this period. For emergencies, please call 911 or 678-0458.
The Northampton County Department of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation with the National Weather Service. Updates will be issued as necessary depending on the updated information. Updates are typically issued via the Northampton County Emergency Alert System. The Town will also be utilizing its Nixle Alert System.
If you haven’t already signed up for the Town’s Nixle Alert System, we urge you to do so. There are several ways for you to register:
- Text “23310” or “CAPECHARLES” to 888777 from your mobile phone. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation text to your mobile device.
- Go to www.capecharles.org and sign up via the Nixle Widget which is located on our home page.
Shelter for Northampton County Residents:
Northampton County will be offering transportation via bus, to the Accomack Hurricane Shelter for our citizens. The Hurricane Shelter for Northampton County residents is located at Nandua Middle School in Onley, VA. Residents wishing to check in to the shelter have the option to drive there as ample parking is available. However, residents that need assistance with transportation or do not wish to drive there may utilize the bus service.
Bus service will be offered from 3 locations in the county:
- Kiptopeke Elementary School – 24023 Fairview Road, Cape Charles, VA
- Northampton High School – 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA
- Occohannock Elementary School – 4208 Seaside Road, Exmore, VA
Pick up time will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
- Citizens must arrive at the pick up locations on time.
- Minors will not be permitted to ride the bus without an adult parent or guardian.
- Supplies at the shelter are not guaranteed so please pack to ensure your essentials are met.
- Please pack essentials to cover you and your family for several days, these should include items such as:
- Means of identification
- Hygiene items (including a towel)
- Medications – Prescription and Over the Counter
- Water and Non-Perishable Food Items
- Bedding such as Sleeping Bags, Blankets, and Pillows
- Electronic Chargers
- Entertainment Items – books and the like are recommended in case of power issues.
- Please pack in a tote or suitcase, while keeping in mind to minimize as much bulk as possible to minimize space.
- Vehicles may be left at the schools.You as the owner retain liability for them.
- Personal items will be the responsibility of the individual and we encourage that you label each item.
- Pets will not be allowed on the bus or in the shelter.Please make arrangements for your pets prior to boarding the bus.
Return service will be offered to return bus riders to the schools. It is important to remember that this storm is unpredictable and strong. There is not guarantee of the length of time. Buses will be available for return at a date/time to be announced, after it is deemed safe.
It you have any questions, please refer to the Northampton County EMS website www.northampton-ems.org or call 757-678-0442.