Even though Hurricane Ian is projected to weaken significantly as it makes its way inland from South Carolina this weekend, Virginia State Police is preparing for the storm’s arrival.
All available Virginia State Police personnel are on stand-by for routine and emergency deployment across the commonwealth and for the duration of the storm’s presence.
The agency’s Search & Recovery Team divers pre-deployed Sept. 29 based on projected rainfall patterns, vulnerable flood zones and storm surge.
Because the projected path of the storm takes the remnants of Ian across Southwest Virginia, several divers were staging Sept. 29 at the agency’s Wytheville Field Division for any swift-water-rescue needs.
Virginia State Police reminds all Virginians to remain weather-aware for the heavy rain and winds that could affect the commonwealth from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. If having to travel, please keep the following tips in mind:
• State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are activated. Headlights both help you see and be seen.
• Slow your speed for conditions.
• Buckle up. This includes everyone in the vehicle.
• Put the phone down and limit other distractions.
• If you encounter standing water in the road, turn around. The depth of the water can be deceiving and dangerous for all vehicles.
• Dial 511 for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s latest news in road closures and openings. Do not call 911 or #77 for non-emergency issues or road-closure information.