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Updated: Accomack County Orders Mandatory Evacuations

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - Tourists in Chincoteague and residents of low-lying areas of Accomack County have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irene continues its march up the coast.

Accomack County Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation order, effective at 8 a.m. Friday, for county residents in mobile homes and in bayside and seaside evacuation zones, a release from the county announced.

The mandatory evacuation order replaces a voluntary one put in place Thursday.

The bayside evacuation area includes all homes generally west of Carddockville Road, Boston Road, Greenbush Road (Rt. 316), Mears Road, and Neil Parker Road.

Seaside evacuation areas include all homes generally east of Seaside Road, Atlantic Road, and Fleming Road, the release said.

A detailed map of the evacuation zone is on the web at: http://www.co.accomack.va.us/index2.html.

In Chincoteague, the town's Emergency Operations team ordered a mandatory evacuation for visitors as of 8 a.m. Friday. All visitors are to evacuate by 5 p.m. Friday.

Chincoteague residents should secure their homes and prepare for possible evacuation, the operations team said.

Accomack County authorities said that the "spine" of the county should be safe from storm surge, including the towns of Painter, Keller, Melfa, Onley, Parksley, Bloxom, Hallwood, and New Church.

Confirmed emergency shelters for Accomack county as of 7 p.m. Friday are:

  • Nandua Middle School, 26350 Lankford Hwy., Onley - open 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Arcadia Middle School, 29485 Horsey Road, Oak Hill - open at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Pets will not be accepted at the shelters, according to a press release posted on the county's website. Food will not be served, and cots will not be provided.

The county website states: "Emergency shelters should only be used if you are unable to find a safe location to stay with family or friends. You should bring everything needed to be self sustaining for three days."

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