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    Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

    Lynchburg residents are urged to prepare for the possibility of heavy winds, rain, and potential flooding as a result of the effects of Hurricane Florence.  According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), this hurricane may be Virginia’s most significant hurricane event in decades. Governor Ralph Northam has declared Virginia under a state of emergency and is encouraging residents to prepare now.

    The City of Lynchburg is also encouraging residents to begin preparations now.  Recent heavy rains have resulted in the ground already being water logged and will set the stage for potential flooding, especially in low-lying areas of the city. The area may also experience heavy winds with downed trees and a loss of power.

    Although the coast of Virginia will receive the worse of the hurricane, Central Virginia residents should not take the storm lightly. Now is the time to prepare - Make a Kit, Get a Plan, and Stay Informed. To learn more, visit https://www.lynchburgva.gov/severe-weather-safety.  Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Lynchburg Alerts, the City’s emergency notification system, by registering at https://www.lynchburgva.gov/lynchburg-alerts.

    Don’t wait until it is too late to prepare!