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Hurricane Sandy 2012 In Virginia: Governor Bob McDonnell Says No Widespread Storm Evacuations Expected In Virginia

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Governor Bob McDonnell does not expect widespread evacuations in Virginia from the impending storm.
Governor Bob McDonnell does not expect widespread evacuations in Virginia from the impending storm.

Virginia will not reverse Interstate 64 lanes or order evacuations to get coastal residents away from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Bob McDonnell said today.

Local governments could order evacuations if necessary, McDonnell said during an afternoon news briefing.

"Given the track (of the storm) we expect no widespread evacuations," McDonnell said.

Sandy is expected to make landfall Monday night by the Delaware Bay or in New Jersey.

But Sandy is such a huge storm that it will reach well into Virginia, the governor said.

McDonnell said "minor impacts" should affect Virginia Sunday, with the peak of the storm coming from Sunday night, Monday and into Tuesday.

"Our biggest concern remains the fact that this is going to be a strong storm of lengthy duration," McDonnell said.

McDonnell once again urged Virginians to prepare kits of food, flashlights and other items and to check on friends and relatives during the storm.

Cold weather is expected to follow the storm, so people should make sure they have blankets and other items to keep them warm if they lose power, McDonnell said.

State police and National Guard member are prepared to respond to emergencies caused by the storm, McDonnell said.

Charles Kilpatrick, chief deputy commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said VDOT crews and contractors s were prepared for flooding, high winds and, in western Virginia, snow.

Michael M. Cline, Virginia's coordinator of emergency management, said, "I think we're about as ready as ready as we are going to be." ___

(c)2012 the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

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