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Evacuation Order Lifted As VA Avoids Worst Of Hurricane Florence

Patch logo Patch 9/14/2018 Emily Leayman
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While Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday morning, the threat has passed for coastal Virginia. At 11 a.m. Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation of residents in Zone A of Hampton Roads, the eastern Shore, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The decision followed the National Weather Service lifting the tropical storm warning for coastal Virginia.

With the evacuation lifted, localities will coordinate the return of residents while considering, flooding, road conditions and other public safety concerns. Residents should check their local government's websites and social media for instructions. To see road conditions, visit www.511Virginia.org.

"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 in a statement. "We are shifting our focus to the expected inland flooding and damage to Southwest Virginia as Florence turns north this weekend."

Northam says the Carolinas "are in our thoughts and prayers as they bear the impact of this historic storm. The state will determine what assistance it can provide in the coming days.

The National Hurricane Center's latest projection shows Florence turning north and passing over southwest Virginia Monday morning and loop toward the northeast.There's a chance the remnants could bring some rainfall to the DC area, and already saturated grounds could lead to more flooding.

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Northam urges residents in southwest Virginia to brace for flooding. Here are some preparation tips from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family emergency communications plan. Visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for recommended emergency kit contents.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, electric panel and other utilities in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
  • Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.
  • Purchase flood insurance to protect your home, your business and your family’s financial security from the costs associated with flood damage.

MORE HURRICANE COVERAGE:

Kelly McGuire walks her dogs Jack and Roxy on a mostly deserted oceanfront beach, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Virginia Beach, Va., as the effects of Hurricane Florence are felt. Image via Alex Brandon/Associated Press

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