VDH OEP Weekly Situation Update

Key Takeaways

  • The Governor’s office has declared a state of emergency due to the potential for severe flooding and tropical storm impacts across the Commonwealth from Tropical Storm Ophelia.
  • Ophelia is expected to impact much of the state over the weekend, including the potential for life-threatening storm surge in coastal areas. Flood risk is expected to peak with high-tides on Saturday morning and afternoon, with major flooding expected in some areas. Dangerous maritime conditions are also expected.
  • Wind gusts are expected to approach 50 mph on land, including 30 mph or higher winds as far west as Danville, Lynchburg and Loudoun. Flash flooding may occur as far west as Roanoke.
  • Most COVID-19 indicators have plateaued and likely begun a slow decline. It is possible that another wave will arrive in late fall or early winter, but the current outlook seems favorable.

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