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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:07 am

Though news of a slight turn for the path of Hurricane Florence was welcome news for area residents, Emporia-Greensville will not escape the impact of the storm.

As of Thursday morning the latest forecasts and data show Florence could have devastating impacts across Virginia, including storm surges, inland flooding, downed trees, and loss of power.

“Hurricane Florence will impact our area over the next few days,” City of Emporia Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Rae said. “Prepare for moderate winds and heavy rainfall. There is a potential for downed trees, power outages, and flooding. There are no local shelters open at this time. Make preparations to shelter in place and stay tuned to local news, radio, social media, and notification systems for updated information. Friday’s trash pickup will occur on Saturday due to threatening weather. Please do not place trash cans at street on Friday. Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.”

Emergency responders are urging Emporia-Greensville residents to be prepared for the possibility of long power outages. Preparation before the storm hits our area includes having an emergency kit ready in preparation for Florence. Flashlights, fresh batteries, fuel for vehicles and three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management urges citizens to have emergency cash funds on hand. All-important documents should also be gathered if the need for evacuation arises. For complete emergency kit details, visit www.VAEmergency.gov/hurricanes.

“As everyone knows, Hurricane Florence is approaching,” Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad President Corey Morefield said. “Now is the time to prepare. Be sure to have enough medication on hand to last, at least, five days. If you use home oxygen or other medical related devices, be sure to contact your family doctor or medical supply vendor to stock up. If you are currently suffering with an illness, see your family doctor before it is too late. Once the storm begins, GVRS will respond as we are able. It is predicted that this storm will impact our area and our response may be significantly delayed. We will respond to emergency calls as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Residents should have the phone numbers of their energy providers handy in preparation for loss of power. The number to report a power outage for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative consumers is 1-877-632-5688. The contact number for Dominion Energy customers losing power is 1-866-366-4357.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for the state Saturday evening and began mobilizing state resources for the potentially devastating storm. On Wednesday the governor received welcome news from the federal government when he learned the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration was approved by President Donald Trump.

“We requested this federal declaration to bring additional federal resources for response and recovery efforts across the Commonwealth,” Northam said. “This declaration will also help ensure we’re better able to respond to the effects of the storm. I appreciate the willingness of our federal partners to join in our coordinated emergency response efforts.”

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