Lynchburg, VA

Hurricane Ian has a local impact

Cheryl E Preston

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What local residents can expect from Ian

WSLS News 10 is reporting that several local events set for this weekend in Lynchburg have been canceled due to Hurricane Ian. As the storm heads closer to our area, the following weekend events have been called off. The attitude of being safe rather than sorry is being taken as Get Downtown’ Lynchburg, October’s First Saturday Outing and Day at The Point Fall Festival are now cancelled. Ashley Kerner oa representative of the Downtown Lynchburg Association says Get Downtown will not be rescheduled.

“While we wish we could simply reschedule, we are not able to do so,” said Kerner. “This event takes many months of planning and preparation, as well as the coordination of hundreds of individuals, companies, and organizations. With 180 participating vendors, we cannot expect each of them to save a second date in case of rain.”

Stay informed about the storm

Rain from Ian is expected on Friday morning and Governor Younkin issued a state of emergency in Virginia on Thursday because Hurricane Ian is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Southwest and Central Virginia. Youngkin said: "We want to ensure that our communities have the resources needed to respond to and recover from any potential effects from the storm. While we recognize that the storm track is still uncertain, I nevertheless encourage all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand, and follow official sources for the latest forecast information and guidance. Suzanne and I will be praying for those in Florida in the path of the storm.” 

This State of Emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize equipment and resources that are needed for response and recovery efforts. Virginians are told to be prepared for the potential of wind damage, severe rainfall, flooding, tornadoes, and other impacts that are storm-related. Virginians can stay informed by following the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Facebook and on Twitter for updates.

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