Gov. Northam issues state of emergency for Virginia ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Gov. Northam issues state of emergency for Virginia ahead of Hurricane Dorian

The coastal areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula will experience flooding from the combination of storm surge ahead of Dorian, and the persistent east-northeasterly winds.

With powerful and unsafe winds, rains, and flooding anticipated from the hurricane, Governor Cooper said the state evacuation order applies to barrier islands along the entire coast, from the Virginia line to the SC line and it is effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Parts of Virginia are expected to feel Dorian's wrath beginning Thursday. "I appreciate the support of our federal partners in making sure our state is ready to respond to whatever Hurricane Dorian brings", said Governor Cooper.

According to a press release, this mobilization allows Commonwealth resources, people and equipment to help with response and recovery.

Meanwhile in SC, officials say almost a quarter-million people have evacuated from that state's coast ahead of Dorian.

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Any Virginians living on the coast are encouraged to learn their evacuation zones (which can be found here).

The governor has also requested a federal emergency declaration for North Carolina ahead of the storm Monday. "Local governments may order certain vulnerable populations in flood-prone areas to move from their homes, or businesses, until the storm passes based on historical flooding or conditions as they develop".

-For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during and after the storm visit

A state of emergency allows Virginia to mobilize resources like the National Guard and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Download the FEMA app on your smartphone to receive mobile alerts from the National Weather Service.

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