UPDATE: At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Accomack County posted a document on its Facebook page stating that that county as well as Northampton County and the Town of Chincoteague have all declared a local State of Emergency ahead of the second half of the current coastal storm system. That area is expecting high gusts of up to 50 mph and additional rainfall of two to four inches, with significant flooding on the seaside through Tuesday.

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials asked residents of Chincoteague to evacuate the island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Sunday due to dangerous weather conditions.

A warning issued by the Chincoteague Emergency Management on Sunday, Oct. 2 said that the town had declared a state of emergency due to the National Weather Services’ forecast calling for the effects of the nor-easter to get increasingly worse through Monday.

The voluntary evacuation warning was issued at noon on Sunday, targeting residents in the Bunker Hill area and the Ocean Breeze Community.

While the announcement said no shelter was open on Sunday, the shelter at Arcadia High School at 8210 Lankford Highway in Oak Hall would be open at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Weather conditions on Monday will include 50 mph wind gusts, periods of heavy rain and significant flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

The announcement said the Virginia Department of Transportation was monitoring the causeway and would let the town of Chincoteague know an hour before VDOT decided to close the roadway.

Chincoteague officials asked residents to check alerts, social media and other means of communication from officials for changes to transportation and access.

The Town of Chincoteague is urging all residents to:

  • Rush to complete preparations for the storm.
  • Fuel up vehicles and have cash available as fuel pumps and ATMs will not work if the power should fail.
  • Secure all loose items around the home.
  • Secure enough non-perishable food and water to last for at least three to five days.
  • Have fresh batteries and flashlights available.