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

James Marshall
September 4, 2019

RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) - The federal government has granted Governor Roy Cooper's request for a federal disaster declaration for North Carolina in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian's impact on the state.

Parts of Virginia are expected to feel Dorian's wrath beginning Thursday.

Forecasters noted that even if Dorian doesn't make landfall, it's likely to bring unsafe winds, life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains to parts of the Carolinas. "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.

It will also allow officials to coordinate planning and evacuation resources with the state of North Carolina.

This particular announcement does not affect individuals or private businesses.

For Virginians living in or visiting the coastal areas, they should know their evacuation zone, which can be checked by clicking on the link in the Related Links box or by calling 211.

The evacuation order goes into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Northam also encourages anyone in eastern and coastal Virginia to keep up with the latest forecasts and update their emergency plans.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia National Guard, Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and other agencies are coordinating resources and information to prepare for the impact of this storm.

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

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