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National Weather Service: “Friday Is Going To Be A Bad Day”

Satellite Thursday, September 5, 2pm
Satellite Thursday, September 5, 2pm (Photo: NOAA)

Hurricane Dorian is on track to bring dangerous wind water to the Virginia coast tomorrow, while tropical storm warnings have been extended to just east of Richmond. 


"Friday is going to be a bad day."


Jeff Orrock with the National Weather service in Wakefield says the coast will be hit hard.


"We have wind gusts hurricane force close to hurricane force."


The storm will hit at high tide, which he says will add another three feet and cause considerable flooding.


Tropical storm warnings come almost to Richmond, and sustained wind here could bring down powerlines.


"Especially with rain saturating the ground."


Jeremy Slayton at Dominion says they have 7,000 people standing by.


"We’re moving crews and equipment from our northwest offices."


"All citizens should complete their emergency preparedness steps," said Jeff Caldwall, Virginia Department of Emergency Management. "Be ready for the storm’s arrival late Thursday or early Friday."


Richmond is just on the edge, but Jeff Orrock says the coast could be hammered.


"Six to eight inches of rain falling in in a 12-hour window.  That’s a 50 to 100 year event."


Stay tuned for updates. 

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