Something in the Water guests advised to take action ahead of potential severe storms

Posted at 1:55 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 17:37:47-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A storm packing high winds and heavy rain could hit the Oceanfront just as the Something in the Water festival begins.

News 3 is tracking a system that could pack a punch, and we want folks who are attending the concerts - or who are just in the area -  to take action now.

Erin Sutton.

Emergency Manager for the City of Virginia Beach Erin Sutton said that is the advice they are giving out at this point: Keep your eye on the sky and on local weather updates.

Related: Crews continue prepping Oceanfront ahead of Something in the Water festival

Sutton said the music production company is handling the stage, which is currently assembled on the sand along 5th-10th Streets, but they are working together to be sure festival goers are safe and informed.

The Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service had a conference call Wednesday morning and have another scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday to plan out how they will be informing and preparing for the storm.

A Guest Services representative with the KOA Campground said they are nearly booked with just a few RV spots left, but said they have a lot of campers reserved for the weekend.

Barb Stachurski said they have a covered pavilion where people can hang out to avoid the rain, but she advised getting a rain cover and tarp for your tent. Stachurski said there is a shelter on the property if the weather takes a turn for the worse, though officials do not expect that severity just yet.

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