RICHMOND, VA- With much of Coastal Virginia under Tropical Storm Warnings/Watches ahead of Hurricane Dorian, The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is asking you to stay inside and off the water during the hurricane.

The Commonwealth is likely to feel the impact of Dorian into coastal Virginia Thursday night and Friday, where low-lying communities such as Hampton Roads could see a storm surge of two to four feet, according to the National Hurricane Center.

DGIF urges caution in utilizing public access facilities. Boat ramps may be subject to significant storm surge as well as flooding from heavy rainfall. There is also the potential for debris across roadways and in waterways.

Visitors to Wildlife Management Areas and the Bird and Wildlife Trail should be aware of the potential for downed trees as well as flooded or washed out roadways. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters. Facilities may be closed as conditions dictate.