Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Morning Update

Posted 4:30 a.m.

County Government Status

  • Fairfax County Government Offices — Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30 and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting – Still taking place at noon but presentations are cancelled and public hearings will be deferred.
  • Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court — Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools and Offices — Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Absentee Voting — Cancelled for Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Fairfax Connector bus service — No service on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Trash Pickup for residents who live in Solid Waste Collection Areas (Sanitary Districts) — Cancelled for Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Recycling and Disposal Facilities at I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex — Open as scheduled.
  • View complete cancellation information.

Emergency Information Hotline

The Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline has been activated and is available for residents to call for information about the storm. The number is 571-350-1300. For an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Weather Forecast

The impact of the storm is decreasing, but the rain and winds will continue today.

  • High Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Warning, and Flood Warning are all in effect for Fairfax County.
  • Summary – 3-6 inches of rain throughout the county. Wind gusts of up to 65 mph decreasing to gusts of 50 mph by 8 a.m. Sustained wind speed of 45 mph decreasing to 35 mph by 8 a.m. Weather impacts will gradually fade. 
  • Tuesday – up to 2 inches of rain. High of 44 F. West wind 38-40 mph decreasing to 32-37 mph in the afternoon with gusts of 55 mph and steadily decreasing through the day.
  • Tuesday Night – less than 1/10 inch of rain. Low of 37 F. SW wind of 22-24 mph.

Shelter

A shelter has been established at the Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Directions can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/maps/parkmaps_lee.htm.

Part of the Huntington Community was evacuated yesterday. There are currently 23 people in the shelter.

Flooding

Flooding is possible in the Belle View/New Alexandria area, as well as other low-lying areas throughout the county. Follow this advice if you have a need to be outside:

  • Turn around, don’t drown if you have a need to drive. Never drive through standing water on a roadway — turn around, don’t drown. Water may be much deeper than you think.
  • Do not allow children to play near creeks or other bodies of water that may rise rapidly.

Roads

There are approximately 75 roads closed. View the real-time map or visit the road closures page for the latest updates.

Power Outages

There are approximately 74,000 customers without power.

Here’s who to contact to report outages:

  • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
  • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports

Downed Trees

Approximately 50 homes have been damaged by falling trees. Follow these four steps if a tree falls on your house.

Stay Informed

  • Share this blog post with your family/friends/coworkers and ask them to subscribe to posts by email. This blog will provide updates throughout the storm.
  • Sign up for our Community Emergency Alert Network text/email updates that will provide weather alerts and other critical information.
  • If you use social media sites, then follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Be an information ambassador for us and share/retweet updates. If using Twitter, help us see local tweets by using the hashtag #ffxstorm
  • Keep up to date with local conditions – follow TV and radio reports from your area, or visit http://www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for the latest forecast.
  • Download our county mobile apps with emergency information and get the American Red Cross “Hurricane” app – AndroidApple.

5 responses to “Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Morning Update”

  1. Bill says :

    what is the definition of Solid Waste Collection Areas (Sanitary Districts)? I’m not sure if I have trash pickup or not as I am not sure if I live in the above or not.

  2. Anonymous says :

    Will there be swimming class at Providence rec center?

  3. Me says :

    Will there be swimming classes at Providence REC Center?