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Florence expected to bring heavy rain

Deltaville Boatyard was busy moving 40-plus boats to shore in preparing for Hurricane Florence. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

As you read this, a new chapter of Hurricane Florence will be occurring.

The category 4 storm is due to slam the Carolinas Thursday, and after that anything can happen. Forecasters predict rain for the Middlesex area.

Middlesex Emergency Services reported a local state of emergency went into effect on Tuesday, September 11, at 8 a.m. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a mandatory evacuation by residents in Zone A, which is low-lying areas most likely to be impacted by coastal flooding and storm surge in addition to high winds and heavy rainfall.

In Middlesex, Zone A includes the Stingray Point area of Deltaville and the area around Harry George Creek in Water View. These residents were encouraged to move inland.

“Should you choose not to evacuate, during the (storm) event emergency services may not be available and/or able to access your area due to high water levels. Also, it is not safe for emergency vehicles to be on the road during high wind speeds. All emergency responses will be suspended until conditions improve,” states the Middlesex County website.

Visit the Middlesex County website at for more details and to sign up for “Citizens Alert” for phone calls or text messages during emergencies.

It only takes soggy ground and enough wind to blow over trees and down power lines. No power means no water, as folks turn on generators for the basics.

Media has been saturated with coverage of Hurricane Florence, a category 4 hurricane due to hit the Carolinas late Thursday, September 13.

Other reminders were elsewhere.

Monday morning’s tide was higher than usual. More than one person said they had never seen the tide this high before a storm. As water crept silently into yards on Jackson Creek, talk turned to memories of Hurricane Isabel and days without power.

Monday’s “king tide” was motivation to get ready. “This is a freaky high tide,” said Libby Allen as she snapped photos at Harbor House subdivision’s marina in Deltaville.

Allen planned to board up windows and doors of her house that faces Chesapeake Bay, with open water all the way to the Eastern Shore. “The boards are still labeled from (Hurricane) Isabel. We’ve all been through this rodeo before,” she said.

Allen stayed home during Hurricane Isabel, but planned to leave during Florence if water gets higher.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 09.12.2018

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