Virginia latest to declare state of emergency as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Source: The Hill | September 2, 2019 | Owen Daugherty

Virginia on Monday became the most recent state to declare a state of emergency as Florida and the Southeast United States braces for Hurricane Dorian.

Dorian, classified as a category 5 hurricane Sunday but downgraded to Category 4 on Monday, is over the Bahamas and predicted to first hit Florida early Tuesday before turning North.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared the state of emergency Monday as the hurricane is expected to hit the southeast portion of the state Thursday.

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Parts of Virginia could see coastal and inland flooding, high winds and extended power outages as a result of Dorian.

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A state of emergency has already been declared in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina ahead of the hurricane’s landfall.

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