By Ted Shockley


In Cape Charles on Thursday, some Mason Avenue businesses had sandbags at their entrances in an attempt to block water from creeping through the door.

Others, including Buskey Cider on the Bay and the Dollar General store on Lankford Highway, had windows covered with sheets of plywood.

On Bay Avenue, where vehicles recently filled every available parking space for a trip to the town’s Chesapeake Bay beach, only three remained in an eerie scene.

Sandbags at the door of Destination 23310 in Cape Charles.

In southern Northampton County, the decision to continue life as normal, or close and take cove,r was a personal choice.

All around, it looked as though bad weather was imminent. But many people didn’t seem concerned.

Hurricane Florence’s recent track away from the Eastern Shore and its intensity downgrade was a reason.

“I’m staying right here,” said Josh Walton of Oyster.

Of the hurricanes, he said, “They don’t ever come.”

Still, business owners took heed, moving to protect property. Others followed the direction of the Cape Charles Police Department, which asked in a Facebook post for town businesses to voluntarily close Thursday until the storm passes.

As the hurricane targeted the Carolinas, northbound traffic increased on the Eastern Shore as residents evacuated low-lying areas.

Fedrick Sindore was headed north on Thursday to visit friends in Delaware. He lives near Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

“It can get flooded,” he said of the coastal area where he lives. “I know it’s going to flood.”