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Virginia Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents to begin preparations if they haven’t already for what may be Virginia’s most significant hurricane event in decades.

While it is too soon to know the exact track that Hurricane Florence will take, the majority of forecast models are indicating significant potential impacts to Virginia in the form of coastal storm surge, catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages.

All Virginians should expect potential impacts and life-threatening conditions from this storm, according to a news release.

Current forecast models indicate that Florence could strike the Carolinas and enter Central Virginia, possibly stalling and dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. This will lead to widespread and dangerous flooding, inundation of roads and damaged infrastructure. Potential widespread power outages are also expected.

State agencies and local first responders are mobilizing to prepare for the storm, including transportation and health officials, Virginia State Police and the National Guard.

Visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes to learn how to prepare for storms.

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The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds. Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms.

Citizens should prepare for rising waters, flash flooding, and remember to never drive across flooded roadways. Most injuries and deaths occur when motorists try to cross flooded roads. Roads and bridges can be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

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