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Vision Statement: To cultivate a diverse, modern, innovative, caring and compassionate department that operates safely, is competent, and is responsive to the community.


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Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services

Governor Ralph Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation of residents in Zone A of Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula at 11 a.m. today following the National Hurricane Center lifting the tropical storm warning for coastal Virginia.

“The imminent threat of coastal flooding and high winds have passed for our coastal communities as Hurricane Florence has made landfall in the Carolinas and we believe it is safe for Virginians to begin returning home,” Governor Northam said. “We are shifting our focus to the expected inland flooding and damage to Southwest Virginia as Florence turns north this weekend. We will make determinations in the coming days about the available resources and assistance we can offer to our neighbors in the Carolinas, who are in our thoughts and prayers as they bear the impact of this historic storm. I want to recognize the tireless work of our local, state, and federal partners who have been working around the clock to prepare Virginia for Hurricane Florence and to keep our residents safe.”

Once the mandatory evacuation order is no longer in effect, individual localities will coordinate the return of their citizens with consideration to flooding and road conditions, public health and medical concerns, public safety issues, ongoing response activities, and critical utility restoration. Virginians should check local government websites and social media channels for any additional instructions.

Citizens should use caution when returning home, and check road conditions before they travel by logging on to www.511Virginia.org or call 511.

Residents in Southwest Virginia should prepare for flooding and can find out how at www.VAEmergency.gov/floods.

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Portsmouth has activated the Portsmouth Citizen Hotline. If you have storm-related concerns or reports, please call 757-393-5001

Residents. Please remain vigilant. Although the "EYE" of Florence is tracking south, the stall of the storm over the North Carolina coast will provide torrential rains and extreme storm surge. ... See MoreSee Less

September 10, 11 am update.  Be mindful that we will still see upwards of 10 inches of ran and tidal flooding with a WIlmington NC landfall.   All models ran this morning are North of the EURO.  THis means a north of wilmington landfall and heavy Hampton Roads impact is possible.  Portsmouth declared a Local Emergency at 8am this morning, and all evacuation planning and sheltering needs are being finalized.Image attachmentImage attachment


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Is Portsmouth being evacuated?

Where do u go to evacuate? Never had to b4

Thinking of you. X

Wow thought you were more inland. Be safe

Several schools in Portsmouth are shelters. They will probably be announced tomorrow. The parking garages may also become available for you to get your automobiles to an higher elevation. Stay safe.

Zone A is evacuating tomorrow morning at 8:00.

My dad is handicap & cannot walk. Is there a place to go?


Be safe! Praying for y'all!

Well Portsmouth floods during thunderstorms so yes I'd leave if I we're u

I'm not in the evacuation area in the last zone... So I'm paying close attention

Evacuated??? Yes or no

Angie Venturini Stewart don't worry, you'll be fine






Be safe everyone....

Zone a evacuate or not??






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IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!!!    All Hampton Roads residents need to be on high alert.  Begin your plans now, as Hurricane Florence is capable of impacts seen once in a lifetime.   Not only will the wind effects from a Cat 3-4 storm be significant, but historic flooding is predicted.  The time for waiting to see is over, and now is a time for action.   Remain Vigilant, and finalize your plans NOW.


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Thanks Angie my husband works at nasa and friend works a Portsmouth shipyard they say the same. The government knows

I work at the shipyard and it's been pandemonium since Sat morning. The Navy and BAE is flat out busting butt for us to get everything prepped for arrival. She IS coming. There's no doubt about it. The Navy said so. Stock up on water, gas, non-perishable foods, pet supplies too! Good luck, y'all! We are going to need it.

Check out WXrisk.com they have a totally different spin on Florence than local TV. I trust WXrisk because during the winter they nailed every snow storm

When is it suppose to hit?

Danielle Broadhurst who dramatic NOW

Kim Hill I got a spare room!

I have a feeling we will be spared

Barbara Epperson Lassley, James Lassley, April Minor.....FYI

Hello Auntie ,been wondering about that storm coming into y'alls area sure hope everybody comes through it unscathed our prayers are with all of you and prey for all the best 😙😚🤔😇😇💗💞🤠

Melissa Watson Thulin this is for us and we aren’t in the path (at this time) like YOU and the boys are😢🙏🙏🙏🙏

Praying for everyone ,this sounds serious ...

Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services at what point will the area officials declare voluntary/mandatory evacuations?

Stay Safe!!

Be Safe!


Bridgette Pullido you better stay with your aunt during the storm.

Yikes! Faith Stuart McArdle

Jessica Turner

Joye Snider

Heather Mathias

Dustin Watson

Justin Ipson

Andrew Foster

Ben Brichetti

Chris Barnhart

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Press Release: 
Lightning Causes Residential Fire. 

For Immediate release:

At 17:03 Hours, Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services responded, to a report of a residential fire in the 4300 block of Winchester Dr.  On arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the roof of a single-family dwelling.  An aggressive interior attack was made and the fire was contained and extinguished in the attic. Firefighters had the fire out in just under 20 minutes from the call being placed to 911 dispatchers.  

Prior to the smell of smoke, the occupants thought lightning had struck the home. Four occupants were home at the time and were able to evacuate. No injuries have been reported to civilians or firefighters.  Although lightning is the preliminary thought to the origin of fire, the Portsmouth Fire Marshals Office will conduct a thorough investigation.

Any further questions regarding this fire, please contact the Portsmouth Fire Marshals Office at (757) 393-8689Image attachment


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Oh ish! I coulda took some better pics though.......🤐

Thank you Portsmouth Fire. Y'all do a great job

Thanks for your service guys/gals!

We had one strike right outside our window! Scared us!

For Immediate Release:

3800 Block of High Street-

A working fire at an unoccupied residential structure was quickly extinguished overnight. The fire was reported around midnight by a passerby and a Portsmouth police officer. The officer deployed a portable fire extinguisher to knock down a fire on the exterior corner of the building. Portsmouth firefighters made an interior attack to completely extinguish the fire. Once the fire was brought under control, firefighters investigated to identify the origin and cause of the fire.

A preliminary investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be from an overheated floor sander.

Firefighters searched the building for occupants to verify no one was inside.

No civilian/firefighter injuries were reported. 

Any additional information can be obtained by calling the Portsmouth Fire Marshal’s Office at (757) 393-8689.

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Good to read no one was hurt. Thank you!

Heard the sirens last night 🙁 glad no one was hurt!

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