Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for southeastern Virginia ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

Potential impacts include coastal and inland flooding, storm surge, damaging winds and prolonged power outages.

“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” said Northam. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”

“This is a storm that is very unpredictable,” a representative for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management said.

The state of emergency allows the state to mobilize resources and deploy people needed to assist in response and recovery efforts.

The Virginia Department of Transportation have tested hurricane gates and other equipment to be ready if needed. A meeting is set for the National Guard to discuss future plans, and as of now, they have not started mobilizing personnel.

“The best thing you can do is to get an emergency supply kit ready and to be able to leave your home if you need to. Also to be able to sustain yourself if power goes out for some time,” Caldwell said.

The Virginia Emergency Operations Center was activated Monday morning at 8 a.m. to monitor the storm and to coordinate preparedness efforts with local, state and federal officials.

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