UPDATE - 8/5/20 - 4:15 p.m.
SUFFOLK, VA (August 5, 2020) The Suffolk Office of Emergency Management advises that the National Weather Service has confirmed that the tornadoes that impacted Suffolk early yesterday morning have been determined to be an EF1 with winds from 100 to 110 in Downtown Suffolk, and one that almost paralleled it slightly to the west, as an EF0.
The Suffolk Department of Community Development advises that residential and business damage assessments include at this time 99 affected structures, ranging from minor to major damage. Citizens are encouraged to contact them at 757-514-4150 to report any damages resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias and related tornadoes.
As noted in a previous Media Release, bulk waste collected by the Department of Public Works between August 5th and August 19th will not count towards the maximum number of 12 collections per year. The bulk waste collection program allows residents to place one pile of up to 12 cubic yards curbside on any collection day. Bulk waste collection refers to the removal of large, bulky items and other items that are too large to fit into the container to include: appliances, furniture, mattresses, yard waste, debris and boxes. All regulations regarding the disposal of prohibited materials are still in enforcement. It is not necessary to contact Public Works to schedule these collections.
Please place your items curbside no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection. The bulk waste program is strictly limited to residential generated debris. Debris generated by contractors will not be collected.
Dominion Power notes that 3,396 Suffolk customers remain without power at this time, with crews working diligently to restore power.
Due to current ongoing power outages in the area along White Marsh Road, Suffolk Public Utilities has set-up a Water Station for those citizens impacted in that area. As the affected residents do not have the use of their private wells due to these power outages, the Department of Public Utilities will be staffing a Water Station at the East Suffolk Recreation Center parking lot, located at 134 S. 6th Street, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today to provide assistance. Citizens should bring their own water containers, and bottled water will also be provided.