(Updated at 2:30 a.m.) A Tropical Storm watch is in effect in Alexandria. The city is giving away sandbags as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches, but announced the location is temporarily closed.
“The sandbag pickup location at 133 S. Quaker Lane is temporarily closed while supplies are being replenished, and should reopen by approximately 4:30 p.m.” the city said in a news release. “Please do not wait at or near this location while it is closed.”
The National Weather Service says that thunderstorms will likely begin after noon, as well as gusty winds up to nearly 60 miles per hour and heavy rain. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect from 11 p.m. tonight until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
“Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force,” warned NWS. “Remaining efforts to protect property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for limited wind damage.”
⚠️Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to bring potentially dangerous weather when it makes landfall tonight, including heavy rainfall and strong winds. Turn around, don't drown!⚠️
Sandbags had been available at 133 S. Quaker Lane from 10 am. to 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents are limited to five sandbags per person and proof of residency is required.
There was flooding on July 23 after a heavy rainstorm swept through the city, perhaps providing a warning of hazardous weather to come.
The Tropical Storm Watch warns of strong winds between 39 to 57 miles per hour. Additionally, there is a Coastal Flood Watch in Alexandria in effect from Tuesday morning until Tuesday evening.
Staff photo by James Cullum