Gov. Ralph Northam meets with Virginia emergency leaders to plan for Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, 2018. (Virginia Governor’s Office photo/Twitter)

Governor Orders Mandatory Evacuation of Many Along Virginia Coast

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for a large number of Virginians along the Eastern Shore.

As Hurricane Florence approaches as a category 4 storm with 140 mph winds, Governor Ralph Northam held a press conference on Monday afternoon, in which he announced a mandatory evacuation effective 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11.

It applies to all of Zone A, which includes the lowest-lying areas of coastal Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

Some 245,000 people in that zone will head west for shelter from the storm.

You can find a map of evacuation zones here.

Read more at WHSV

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