It seems every five to six years the Northern Neck experiences an act of Mother Nature we can do without.
The unexpected ice storm in 1997 caught everyone off guard and left some residents without power for almost two weeks.
The remnants from other storms – Hurricanes Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011 – and the effects of several other tropical depressions caused a great deal of damage to the Northern Neck area.
In what was predicted to be a mild hurricane season by the National Hurricane Center, the east coast saw its first major hurricane develop this week with Hurricane Florence lurking off the eastern seaboard. The worst part is she’s still there and heading towards us.
Florence underwent rapid intensification over a 24-hour period last week where its winds jumped from 75 mph to 125 mph classifying it as a Category 3 hurricane.
After dropping down to a tropical storm, Florence has now re-energized and has reached Category 3 once again.
Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virginia and possible evacuation plans are being discussed.
The projected impact point appears to be south of Cape Hatteras and then a quick turn north will bring heavy rains and power outages and could wreak havoc for south-central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
This projection, of course, can cause major problems for the Northern Neck area causing tropical depression winds and rain along with rivers, creeks and streams overflowing their banks. However, if Florence takes a slight turn north before making landfall, the path of the hurricane could take her right up the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac, which would be the first time the Northern Neck would take a direct hit from a full strength hurricane.
For the full article and Hurricane prepardness tips pick up a copy of this weeks Northumberland Echo 9/12/18