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Virginia Governor Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order for Coastal Areas

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 6:55 PM -04:00 Updated:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gives a briefing on his state's preparations for Hurricane Florence. On Friday, Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation order for low-lying coastal parts of the state. (Photo: Governor of Virginia Facebook page) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gives a briefing on his state's preparations for Hurricane Florence. On Friday, Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation order for low-lying coastal parts of the state. (Photo: Governor of Virginia Facebook page)

VIRGINIA- Virginia's governor on Friday morning lifted a mandatory evacuation order that was in place for residents of low-lying coastal areas of the state.

Gov. Ralph Northam's evacuation order was lifted at 11 a.m. for residents in Zone A of Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. 

This came as the National Weather Service lifted tropical storm warnings for coastal Virginia.

“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,” 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. We will make determinations in the coming days about the available resources and assistance we can offer to our neighbors in the Carolinas, who are in our thoughts and prayers as they bear the impact of this historic storm.

"I want to recognize the tireless work of our local, state, and federal partners who have been working around the clock to prepare Virginia for Hurricane Florence and to keep our residents safe.”

Virginia Department of Emergency Management officials said citizens should use caution when returning home, and check road conditions before they travel by logging on to www.511Virginia.org or call 511.

 

 

 

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