Governor Ralph Northam ordered the evacuation of Zone A residents on Virginia’s Coast including the Eastern Shore. The order will take effect Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. The order caught the Eastern Shore by surprise. Accomack County Emergency Services Coordinator C. Ray Pruitt told WESR that Accomack County will not have shelters ready to accept evacuees until Wednesday. Local evacuation centers include Arcadia and Nandua High Schools for Accomack County and Nandua Middle School for Northampton County.
Pruitt said citizens should listen to WESR for the latest information on the order but not to try to go to a shelter until the Department of Emergency Services is able to make them ready to receive evacuees.
The Town of Chincoteague’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the very dangerous Hurricane Florence. The Town has declared a state of emergency beginning at noon, September 10, 2018.
While the National Hurricane Center does not currently expect to have a direct landfall of the dangerous and catastrophic eye-wall in or near Chincoteague, the area will still receive impacts from this large and powerful storm starting late Wednesday or early Thursday. Chincoteague is in the A Zone.
Anyone evacuating begin at 8AM tomorrow is urged to seek shelter outside of the area and to the north, not the west, as heavy rains may cause life-threatening flooding in the western part of the state and neighboring states. Local Shelters will not be open at 8AM Tuesday and will likely not be open until Wednesday, given the predicted arrival times of tropical storm force winds to our area.