Virginia Beach announces mandatory evacuation for Sandbridge

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Dorian satellite Sept. 6

The city of Virginia Beach on Thursday announced mandatory evacuations for Sandbridge, as well as voluntary evacuations for other low-lying areas of the city.

Thomas Leahy, acting city manager for Virginia Beach, made the announcement about the city's plans at an afternoon news conference as Hurricane Dorian approached. 

Leahy also said city schools, courts and the clerk's office will be closed on Friday.

Steve Cover, deputy city manager for public safety, said Dorian has potential to "significantly impact our area."

"Our number one priority is the safety of our citizens and our employees that work for the city of Virginia beach that will be out in this storm," Cover said.

"We ask you to please prepare yourself and your family and your friends for the potential impacts of this storm."

Norfolk asked residents in Zone A - the areas most at risk of flooding and storm surge - to voluntarily evacuate, and it closed schools Friday. Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton and Chesapeake did the same.

Accomack and Northampton counties on the Eastern Shore advised residents to prepare for Nor’easter storm effects and closed schools Friday.

Coastal Virginians can find their evacuation zone at www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup.

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Wednesday Weatherline

Low pressure moving northward into the Carolinas today could briefly attain tropical depression status. Regardless, it will go on to bring rain to Virginia through Thursday and renew flash flooding concerns for the western areas that saw excess rain last week.

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