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VDOT prepares for possible severe weather

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 11:57:20-04

VDOT crews are monitoring weather conditions and are ready to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions and damage to roadways resulting from the predicted wind and rain event approaching the Hampton Roads area, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Motorists are advised to drive carefully and limit travel on roadways until unsafe weather conditions subside.

Flooded roads, high winds, and hail are expected over much of the state beginning this afternoon and lasting through the evening, making for hazardous driving conditions.

Weather and road conditions can change suddenly, putting motorists in a dangerous situation instantly.

Motorists are encouraged to drive carefully and should make every effort to be off the road at the onset of winds that are expected to reach 70 mph.

Area bridges, tunnels and roadways will be monitored throughout the storm to determine their safety for use by the motoring public. Consideration is also given to the safe operation of the facility and VDOT personnel.

VDOT will share road and facility closure information with area media outlets including radio and television broadcast stations. Closure information will also be available by calling 511 from any telephone and online by visiting: http://www.511Virginia.org.

Public information sources:

• Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to http://www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 website.

• Hampton Roads area traffic updates are available around the clock, on Twitter, by following @VaDOTHR. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.

• VDOT’s Facebook page will also be updated throughout the storm: http://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT.

• Current road condition information: http://www.511Virginia.org

• Call 511 or the Hampton Roads Traffic Line at 757-361-3016

• Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or talk to a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)

• Highway Advisory Radio 1680 AM (in Hampton Roads)