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State of emergency declared in Virginia ahead of Hurricane Isaias

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:53:21-04

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Isaias, which is expected to impact parts of coastal Virginia beginning Monday, August 3.

"Hurricane Isaias is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia as early as this weekend," Northam said. "This state of emergency will ensure localities and communities have the assistance they need to protect the safety of Virginians, particularly as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

"I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions, monitor local weather forecasts, and stay alert."

North Carolina also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts.

The track of Isaias is still uncertain, but it appears likely that Virginia could see impacts including flooding, high winds and potential storm surge.