Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued a state of emergency this week in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Ian, a colossal storm anticipated to spread over parts of Virginia beginning September 30.
In signing the order, Youngkin freed state officials to mobilize resources and equipment that could be vital to response and recovery efforts. Severe rainfall, flooding, tornadoes, and extensive wind damage are all potential impacts that could last into early next week.
“Hurricane Ian is a large, powerful storm,” Youngkin said in his state of emergency announcement. “We want to ensure that our communities have the resources needed to respond to and recover from any potential effects from the storm.”
Youngkin’s office encouraged Virginians to have a plan in place regardless of the uncertainty of the storm’s path. Arranging emergency supplies is also encouraged. Food to last three days, infant formula, diapers, medications, a first aid kit, flashlights, and batteries are all suggested items to keep handy.
The storm made a second landfall Friday in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane.
The storm, which first made landfall in Cuba at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, will weaken as it moves over land, likely resulting in rain showers in the DMV region that could last through the weekend.
“Virginians should follow the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for preparedness updates and their local National Weather Service office for the latest weather forecast, advisories, watches or warnings,” Youngkin’s office advised. Those with smartphones are encouraged to download the FEMA app to receive mobile alerts from the National Weather Service.
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