Thursday, October 25, 2012
Local officials are closely watching the storm's track.
Hurricane Sandy, as of Thursday morning a Category 2 hurricane with 105-mile-per-hour winds, according to the National Hurricane Center, could impact the Fredericksburg area beginning Sunday, according to local forecasters. If the hurricane shifts close to the region, the area can expect showers and gusty winds beginning Sunday afternoon, according to NBC-4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. He notes the most severe weather could hit Monday into Tuesday when the area could see potential flooding, strong winds and possible power outages. Dominion Virginia Power's Twitter account this morning, responding to a customer asking if they were prepared for the possible storm: "don't worry, we've got our eye on it and we're preparing now!" Northern …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Fire department responds to more calls in four hours on Thursday than in all of Saturday.
Sandwiched in between the earthquake and the hurricane, you may remember that Fredericksburg experienced a brief but violent thunderstorm which swept through the area on Thursday. According to information from the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Thursday's freak thunderstorm, which lasted all of 30 minutes, did far more damage to the area than Hurricane Irene did over 24 hours. On Thursday afternoon, around 4 p.m., Fredericksburg stood at the Nothern end of a strong band of thunderstorms which swept west to east through the area of south central Virginia. The storm didn't receive much attention from the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia media outlets much beyond Stafford County. But in its aftermath, the Fredericksburg 911 Center …
Virginia residents and business owners may be eligible for low-interest federal loans to repair damages and to fortify structures against future disasters.
Now that much of the state of Virginia has been declared a federal disaster area, residents and business owners can begin taking the first steps to assess damage and learn about hurricane coverage. One option for property owners in a declared disaster area is to get low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The federal agency makes disaster loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses to make repairs after disasters like Hurricane Irene. These low-interest loans may include money to fix damage directly caused by Irene and to make improvements to fortify a home or building against future hurricanes. A useful Disaster Recovery video explains the various types of loans, who is eligible for them, and how they may…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The aftermath of the storm leaves a huge clean-up for communities.
From Patch communities across Virginia, we're sharing photos of the storm and its aftermath. Do you have photos to share? Upload them here. Get more great Irene coverage and photos from Patch and the rest of the Huffington Post Media Group.
City officials report minor damage from storm.
Irene, while powerful, left the area without doing too much damage to Fredericksburg. A statement issued by the city of Fredericksburg says that the storm caused "relatively minor damage" and that the storm caused no injuries directly. The Fredericksburg Emergency Operations Center was taken offline earlier this morning and fire and rescue crews have returned to normal staffing levels. The city still has about 1,100 people without electricity. "Dominion Virginia Power will be working around the clock to restore power to its customers," reads the statement written by Natatia Bledsoe, public information officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department. Public Works Department crews will be out and about today to clean up debris from …
Crews from VDOT will be out and about to make sure traffic flows.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Traffic signal technicians from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are working to repair traffic signals that are out of operation this morning in the 14-county Fredericksburg District. Motorists are encouraged to be cautious as they drive through intersections. If motorists encounter a traffic signal lacking power, it should be treated as a four-way stop. Nearly 300 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees and more than 50 contractors continue to work this morning in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to clear roadways of debris from Hurricane Irene, provide traffic control and detour routes, and restore service to all travel lanes as rapidly as possible. VDOT maintenance operations …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Patch goes out and about to capture images of the stormy weather. Add yours here!
Fredericksburg Patch's journalists were out and about all day long capturing details on Hurricane Irene and her impacts on the city. Check out these images. While not so much in the way of outright destruction, they do show how the storm has shut down activity across much of the region.
More than 1,000 without power in Fredericksburg, affecting the city's website.
More than 1,000 people are without power and the city's website is not working as a result of Hurricane Irene, according to city officials. Residents are again urged to stay off the roads until the storm has passed, with officials warning that the worst is yet to come. Natatia Bledsoe, public information officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department, says that the City Hall and the city's IT offices which house the municipal computer servers are down. This has blacked out Fredericksburgva.gov, one of the primary methods by which the city disseminates information to residents in times of crisis. The full statement issued by Bledsoe is below: "1,025 VA Dominion Power customers are currently without power in Fredericksburg, among them …
Hurricane Irene is going to pack a wallop to the area, by all accounts. Follow along live as Fredericksburg Patch keeps you updated on the situation.
Follow along and contribute your experiences as Fredericksburg prepares to endure Hurricane Irene.
For the moment, Fredericksburg is to the west of the storm, but the region will still be subjected to sustained high winds and drenching rains.
Hurricane Irene is expected to dish out a two-fisted dose of damage to the area when it blows through today and tomorrow. In the one hand you have high winds with the potential to damage structures, disrupt the power grid and bring down trees in the region. In the other hand you have soaking rains that will fill the regional watershed, creating flash flooding conditions along local streams and rivers. Fredericksburg, along with much of the greater eastern seaboard of North America, is under a Tropical Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service. The storm warning also comes with associated Flood Watch for the entire region. Local officials are preparing for a storm which could dump between two and four inches of rain within 24 …