Oct. 1, 2015 - Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting declared a state of emergency - effective at 8:30 a.m. today - due to the rain, wind and flooding caused by the "2015 nor'easter" and Hurricane Joaquin.
According to the declaration: the storms and hurricane "are threatening to be of such magnitude and severity as to warrant coordinated local government action to prevent or alleviate the damage, loss, hardship and suffering caused by such conditions."
Hampton officials, who met at 8 a.m. today to continue discussing emergency plans, said weather forecasts indicate the city can expect 2.5 inches of rain over the next 24 hours with heavy pockets of rain this afternoon and evening. Tides are expected to be at six feet Friday afternoon, with winds gusts up to 35 mph Friday evening. City departments are making emergency preparations - with extra staff on standby - and the city is preparing to open shelters if necessary.
Although Joaquin's track remains uncertain, residents are encouraged to make preparations now. Those living in low-lying areas, or residents with special needs, are urged to monitor conditions closely. Everyone should check and update their preparedness supplies, know their flooding risk and make appropriate plans.
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