Missick and other people on the small island gathered in a shelter set up at the St. Christopher Anglican Church.
“There’s still a distinct possibility that this could make landfall somewhere in the US”, said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and hurricane center spokesman. It was moving southwest at 6 miles per hour. “But in the interim it’s up to citizens to be prepared and evacuate if they’re in low-lying areas”.
The immovable object reschedules his presidential campaign stop in Virginia Beach.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that emergency operations centers are staffing up and government departments will begin monitoring areas that have been prone to problems from severe weather.
The Navy has told its sailors in Virginia to prepare to move out of port within 48 hours if Hurricane Joaquin approaches Hampton Roads.
In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, officials were hoping sandbags protect the town if the hurricane strikes the Outer Banks.
“Its track is still widely debated among various forecast models, but the general consensus is that it will continue on a northward track, and it will start accelerating its forward motion on Friday“, he said. That allows public safety officials to respond to flooding from unrelenting rainfall Tuesday and the prospect of more extreme weather over the coming days – perhaps up to 10 inches of rain.
McCrory said there are no evacuation orders. The heavy rain will fall on already saturated soil which could lead to flash flooding.
Virginia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday because of the impending hurricane, which is expected to drench the state in record rainfalls. “Be prepared!” the governor exclaimed.
McAuliffe cautioned Virginians of the potential of devastating weather. The governor said more than 800 Virginia National Guard soldiers are ready to be mobilized.
“The rain is supposed to be pretty heavy on Friday”, Londrey said. The governor declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
“I have learned the hard way that it is better to prepare for the worst, and in the past, we were not”. Hogan says there’s still a great deal of uncertainty about the path of the storm and its potential impact.
Forecasts predict the hurricane, which hit the Bahamas on Thursday, to veer northwestward toward Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina on Friday.