NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Communities across Hampton Roads are actively preparing for the potential of Hurricane Matthew’s wrath.

"While we see the models going different directions, we're going to assume they're coming in our direction," said Jim Redick with Norfolk’s Emergency Preparedness.

Redick said crews are also addressing clogged drains like this throughout the city that are still feeling the impact from recent extended rainfall and flooding.

Redick said he also spoke with state officials and started meeting with community members like church leaders.

"We realized that with such a strong faith community here in Norfolk, there's a lot of resources that available in terms of information sharing and resource sharing," said Redick.

Redick said each day leading up to potential landfall, the readiness category for officials increases.
He warns residents to prepare after thinking back to when Isabel hit the area.

"That was a tropical storm when it made landfall here. So, when folks remember that and the impacts of the power outages, and the things they had to experience during that, it wasn't as bad as a hurricane might be. So, we just ask folks to be vigilant and be connected," said Redick.

Virginia Beach and Chesapeake officials said they are following suit by addressing storm drains and tracking the storm.

Find out more about preparation efforts here.