Hurricane Sandy Updates
7 a.m., Oct. 30: We conducted shift change in the EOC. In about 30 minutes we're going to send out our preliminary assessment team; we'll have more updates following that. The base remains closed; only essential personnel on file with Wallops Security will be allowed access.
11:30 p.m. Oct. 29: We definitely experienced a strong storm at Wallops. We feel as if the worst has passed us. We have experienced over 8 inches of rain and gusts around 75 mph. We know of trees down on the facility but we won't know the extent of any damages until the morning.
9 a.m., Oct. 29: Wallops Flight Facility is closed through Oct. 30; only pre-identified, essential personnel on file with the Wallops security office will be granted access. Winds are sustained around 30 mph; biggest gusts observed thus far were 48 mph both on main base and the island.
4:30 a.m., Oct. 29: We are currently experiencing sustained winds of 28 mph with gusts of 39. Personnel on the launch range reports no tidal flooding at this time, however there are places of localized flooding due to heavy rains. The next high tide is at 7:39 a.m. and we will watch that closely.
2:30 a.m., Oct. 29: Current conditions: sustained winds around 25 mph. Gusts around 38 mph. The EOC is working no issues at this time.
12 a.m., Oct. 29: Conditions are the same as previously reported.
10 p.m., Oct. 28: Current conditions-- sustained winds around 30 mph, with a gust of 46 mph.
8 p.m., Oct. 28: Current conditions are sustained winds around 30 mph, with gusts to around 35 mph. The last high tide cycle went through at 7:16 p.m. and we fared well. We are fortunate thus far.
4 p.m., Oct. 28: Wallops Flight Facility will be closed Monday, Oct. 29. All personnel are reminded to check the call-in line (x2050 and x1176) for information on reporting status for Tuesday.
2 p.m., Oct. 28: Sandy is moving north and east. The National Hurricane Center is predicting Sandy will start hooking back toward land around 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, and will make make landfill early Tuesday morning along the New Jersey coastline. The Wallops main base and island are closed.
7:27 a.m., Oct. 28: High tide occurred at 7:01 a.m. here at Wallops. Winds on the island and main base are holding steady around 20 mph.
During Hurricane Sandy, you will be able to visit this site for updated information from the Wallops Emergency Operations Center.