RICHMOND — Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Isaias’ approach to coastal Virginia.
“Hurricane Isaias is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia as early as this weekend,” said Governor Northam. “This state of emergency will ensure localities and communities have the assistance they need to protect the safety of Virginians, particularly as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions, monitor local weather forecasts and stay alert.”
A state of emergency will allow the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts. While the track of Hurricane Isaias is still uncertain, it appears increasingly like Virginia could see impacts and therefore must prepare for the possibility of flooding, high winds. and potential storm surge that could come along with a tropical storm or hurricane.
The Virginia Emergency Support Team is actively monitoring the situation and coordinating resources and information to prepare for the storm.