Tropical Storm Isaias is rapidly approaching our area; we are currently under a tropical storm/ flash flood/ coastal flooding watch. The current track has the storm moving up the coast with the heaviest impact being to the area along and east of I-95. (See the latest storm updates.)
Please remember to never drive into standing water: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” The number one threat of any tropical storm is drowning. Obey all traffic signs and warnings, in particular signage of “road closed, high water, etc.” Stay away from fast moving water if walking as well. It can be a deadly hazard.
In Prince William County, we are anticipating 4-6” of rain with wind gusts of 39 -58 mph. We will likely see the early effects later tonight, with the bulk of the wind and rain early tomorrow morning and throughout the day Tuesday. These projections could change based on the movement of the storm. We can expect localized flash flooding and the potential of down trees and power lines.
The County is following the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to coordinate with the primary agencies and our community partners (American Red Cross, VDOT, PWCPS, etc.). We are working with Schools and the Red Cross to ensure sheltering needs are met that also meet COVID compliance. We are also preparing for timely communications, road closures, power outages and other response measures.