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Florence hit county roads hard, now comes Michael / October 10, 2018
Mecklenburg County roads suffered a $500,000 hit as a result of washouts and floods from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

VDOT Resident Engineer Billy Smith told members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors during Monday’s meeting that the storm delivered the worst damage he’s experienced from a single weather event in his years of working for VDOT. More than 40 roads in the county had to be re-graveled or repaired. Two roads remain closed because of the need for repairs or due to ongoing inundation from high water.

Now Mecklenburg County is expecting more rain as Hurricane Michael barrels down on the Florida panhandle and moves its way north.

While the Gulf Coast area of Florida and Alabama is expected to take the brunt of the storm, current storm tracking by the National Weather Service suggests Michael could dump upwards of 4 inches of rain across Southside Virginia as early as Thursday.

Michael, which became a Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday, is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday along Florida’s panhandle between Pensacola and its Big Bend region.

The storm is being described by weather officials with the National Hurricane Center “as the most serious hurricane threat to that area in more than a decade.”

The NWS in Wakefield is telling Mecklenburg County residents to expect tropical depression force winds late Thursday night to mid-Friday morning. They say the risk of tornadoes are low, but there could be minor to moderate flooding in central and southeast Virginia.

Heaviest rain should occur from late Thursday afternoon through the overnight, and winds are expected to increase Thursday night with the peak gusts early Friday morning, which could cause some power outages in the region.

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