Evacuations begin on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

ACCOMACK CO., Va. – As Hurricane Florence continues to hurdle towards the Carolina’s people are the Eastern Shore of Virginia are also getting ready for the storms impact.

Tuesday Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandatory evacuation went into effect and some people 47ABC caught up with were already heading out before noon.

Charles Crouse, who has property in Wachapreague said he decided to leave because he believes Florence will be the worst one the area has seen to date.

“If they get the main surge at high tide here, they are in major trouble here,” Crouse said.

Meanwhile those like Fred Wilson in Locustville told 47ABC that despite being here almost 20 years, this is the first time he’s felt the need to evacuate.

“We’re going to have a lot of water…we’re going to be flooded. I would imagine it it’s going to be up there by the trailer, I’m almost sure. If it gets real bad and it stalls out, I think it’ll take the trailer out to tell you the truth,” Wilson told us before he and his wife got in their truck and left.

But not everyone is heading for drier land, Kerry Wallace, a resident and member of the Wachapreague Volunteer Fire Department says he and many others plan to stay throughout the storm.

“Most of us are hard heads. We’re going to stick around and help whoever we can help and do what we can to help people.”

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