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Lynchburg preparing for possibility of 'Va.'s most significant hurricane event in decades'

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely dangerous major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. (NASA via AP)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg is warning residents to prepare for the potential effects of Hurricane Florence.

Be prepared for heavy winds, rain, and potential flooding as a result of the hurricane that is headed toward the east coast.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Florence may be Virginia's most significant hurricane event in decades and Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm's impact.

The City of Lynchburg is also encouraging residents to begin preparations now. Recent heavy rains have resulted in the ground already being water logged and will set the stage for potential flooding, especially in low-lying areas of the city.

The area may also experience heavy winds with downed trees and a loss of power.

Although the coast of Virginia will receive the worse of the hurricane, Central Virginia residents should not take the storm lightly.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Lynchburg Alerts, the City’s emergency notification system online.

Lynchburg government officials will hold a press conference Tuesday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about preparations for Hurricane Florence.

All Virginia localities are being advised to prepare for possible flooding, downed trees and power interruptions.

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