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Hurricane Florence is Coming - Be Prepared!
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
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UPDATE 1: 9/13/2018 10:00 AM

The Prince William County Office of Emergency Management is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence and is ready to activate the County’s Emergency Operations Plan if forecast conditions indicate potential impacts to our area. Official forecast information for the storm is issued by the National Hurricane Center via and local impact forecasts are issued by the Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office via

Even though the center of Florence is forecast to make landfall in the Carolinas, Prince William County is expected to experience periods of rainfall, which may be heavy at times and cause flooding. There is much less concern about tidal flooding or storm surge along the Potomac and Occoquan rivers compared to the forecast conditions earlier this week.


​The Prince William County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring Hurricane Florence and potential impacts to Prince William County. Currently, official forecasts, at, show that Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas at about 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The hurricane is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain, possible storm surges and flooding.

While the storm can change direction, and it is still too early to tell just how much of an impact Hurricane Florence will have on the community, there is increasing certainty that the storm will produce significant, prolonged rainfall in Prince William County and the surrounding area. The ground is already saturated, which means any new rainfall may cause flooding and wind gusts may topple trees, leading to power outages.

Residents should take this time to make or replenish their emergency supply kit, which should allow all members of the household to survive for at least three days without water or electricity and without the ability to leave the premises. The supply kit should include one gallon of drinkable water per person per day, prepared/canned food that does not require cooking, battery powered flashlights and a NOAA radio for emergency updates in the event power and phone lines are out. More information on what to include in an emergency supply kit is available at

Residents should also take this time to make or review their family's emergency plan. This plan should include how to communicate with other family members and reconnect if separated. In addition, the emergency plan should consider specific individual and family needs, such as dietary and medical needs, including devices and equipment that are needed for medical reasons that require electricity, and care for pets. More information about making a plan is available at

Last, but not least, residents are encouraged to stay informed by signing up for emergency alerts at They can also stay up-to-date on government operations and the impact to the Prince William area by visiting If residents experience any life-threatening emergencies, please call 9-1-1. If residents have questions about county operations and services regarding the storm, please contact 703-792-6000.

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