Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 29, 2012

Conditions worsen on Va. island, curfew called

STEVE SZKOTAK,Associated Press
Associated Press

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — A curfew is in place on Virginia's swamped Chincoteague Island as conditions are worsening amid a "superstorm."

The island's emergency management coordinator, Bryan Rush, said the 3,500 islanders who decided to tough out Hurricane Sandy have been told to keep off the streets under a noon Monday curfew. He said the entire 37-square-mile island is underwater, 3 feet deep in some places.

Some residents have had to be rescued from their homes and cars. There is no way off the island because a causeway to the mainland closed earlier Monday.

The island has no emergency shelter.

Rush said he expects conditions to worsen later Monday as winds of 50 mph lash the island. Winds could gust to 70 mph.