Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (VA) VAWSC Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:11:24 EDT

Summary: In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the VWASC has dispacthed two field crews to deploy 10 storm surge sensors along the Delmarva Peninsula and western shore.

Hurricane Sandy is forecasted to bring significant rainfall and hurricane strength winds to areas of Virginia extending from Virginia Beach, up the I-95 corridor, and across northern Virginia. Forecasted total rainfall, from the National Weather Service, range from 3.00 to 10.00 inches with the greater rainfall totals expected along the eastern coast and northern Virginia regions. Significant rainfall is expected to begin late Sunday evening (October 28th) and last through the early parts of Tuesday (October 30th).

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the USGS Virginia Water Science Center (VAWSC) two field crews currently (Friday, October 26th) deploying 10 storm-surge sensors, 6 along the Delmarva Peninsula and 4 along the western shore. Additional field crews are prepared to measure the flood response in streams and rivers throughout the northern and eastern reaches of Virginia.

The VAWSC also is currently working with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

Sub-Region: Mid Atlantic; Region: Eastern United States

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