Wet Weekend

Oct 2, 2015
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With flood warnings still in place from a drenching earlier this week, Virginians are bracing for another dose of rain through the weekend.

Joaquin a No Show, Responders Relieved

Oct 2, 2015

It now appears that Hurricane Joaquin will stay well off the coast of Virginia and other eastern states, but local residents and first responders are still on guard, with substantial rainfall expected through the weekend.  Sandy Hausman has details.

With steady rain today and a forecast for more of the same, a flash flood watch remains in effect for much of our listening area with gusty winds expected for the next 24 hours.  First responders like Mike Rabin – a volunteer firefighter from Crozet – remain on alert.

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A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.

Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that's well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.

A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.

Already in the U.S. this year, 20 children have died after being left in hot cars, prompting warnings from police and public health departments.   Williamsburg recently declared a heat emergency, and Richmond and its residents took action.

Richmond opened three special cooling centers where people could go to escape temperatures in the 90’s, and officials reminded residents to drink plenty of water.  Rob Lawrence, who oversees the city’s fleet of 43 ambulances, says people seem to have gotten the message.

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The hurricane season won’t officially begin for a few more days, but with all the tragic events still unfolding in Texas and Oklahoma due to flooding and violent storms, a number of state agencies are emphasizing that Virginians should prepare now. That means stocking up on supplies AND making sure families have the right insurance coverage during this Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week. 

Many Virginians are not aware that we're right in the middle of a state tax holiday where emergency supplies such as batteries, flashlights, and bottled water are sales-tax free.