City warns: Hurricane Hanna's heading this way

Some possible tracks of Hurricane Hanna.

The City of Charlottesville isn't taking a break on Labor Day–- instead, it's warning citizens not to get so fixated on watching Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf Coast that they forget that another major storm could be heading to Central Virginia.

“It is never too early to prepare,” says City spokesman Ric Barrick, speaking this afternoon of what has just been reclassified from Tropical Storm Hanna to Hurricane Hanna.

"All the computer models that we see"– and Barrick has experience as a television meteorologist– "are pointing toward a strengthening storm."

Barrick recalls that the City opened several shelters five years ago when heavy winds and rains robbed thousands of citizens of electricity during the onslaught of what had been Hurricane Isabel. With Hanna's first rains in this area expected Saturday morning, Barrick is urging residents to check out the City's emergency preparedness website and develop their own emergency plan.

While hurricane-force winds aren't likely so far inland, the chance for high winds and rain from a strengthening storm's expected trek across Virginia gives Barrick pause.

"The computer models are pretty consistent," says Barrick. "Each computer run has been a little more ominous, and the latest shows it making landfall as a Category 2."


I was living in Richmond during Isabel, and let me be the first to tell you that you do not want a repeat of that. One lady died when a tree fell on her house. The rest of us went without running water and electricity FOR WEEKS.

Looks like this storm could be a big one too. It is supposed to reach shore possibly stronger than Gustav, and there are two storms behind them. This reminds me of 2005 when we had like 5 named storms out there at once.

Sounds like a bit of needed rain MAY head our way if we are lucky. Has the Rivanna been dredged yet so we can store all this H2O?

It would be much cheaper than dredging for storm water storage, for the city to mandate cisterns for all new construction. Cisterns would be a convenient solution for the problem of bureaucrats who nearly a decade after a major drought nearly shut down our city-- during which developers have radically expanded the draw on the water supply--still haven't gotten us a single extra drop of water. Only plans.

Just invite them over, and drown them.