News to know for Sept. 4: Mandatory evacuations underway in Outer Banks; 2 people suffer smoke inhalation in fire; Dorian impacts in Virginia

News to know for Sept. 4

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Happy Hump Day! As the week advances, the east coast of the United States is bracing for Hurricane Dorian.

Hot and dry Wednesday

Wednesday’s forecast is party sunny, hot and humid, with highs in the low 90s.

Download the NBC12 Weather App for an hour-by-hour forecast.

Hot and dry Wednesday, Dorian impacts Thursday and Friday

Mandatory evacuations underway in Outer Banks

Mandatory evacuations are underway in the Outer Banks as Hurricane Dorian continues to make way up the coast.

Residents are under a mandatory evacuation starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

As visitors and residents evacuate from the Outer Banks, the City of Chesapeake suspended tolls northbound (only) on Route 168 Tuesday. Tolls will remain suspended until further notice.

Mandatory evacuations underway in the Outer Banks

2 people displaced in Henrico fire

Two people were injured after their home caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Henrico Fire responded to an apartment in the 4600 block of Twin Hickory Lake Drive just before 2 a.m.

Officials said a couple in their 70s did not have a working smoke alarm and were awakened when they began coughing due to the smoke.

(Source: NBC12)

Dorian impacts in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on Monday ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

The call activated the Emergency Operations Center, with special focus on the southeastern part of the state.

“We will be ready. We have been preparing for Dorian since last week,” spokesman for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Jeff Caldwell said.

Virginia Emergency Operations Center prepares for potential Hurricane Dorian impacts

New bus tracking app in Chesterfield

Many Chesterfield parents say they don’t want a repeat of last year’s transportation issues.

Some parents called the first day a success, while others say they worry transportation issues could continue into the 2019-2020 school year.

Chesterfield County Public Schools rolled out the Verstatrans My Stop App, which allows parents to track bus routes.

Some parents remain frustrated despite new bus tracking app for Chesterfield buses

RPS strategic plan

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras will lay out his strategic plan for the next five years.

Kamras says he hopes to have all schools accredited, increase graduation rates and retain more teachers.

The five-year plan will be reiterated for the 2019-2020 school year.

Final thought

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey

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