HAMPTON -- People living in flood-prone sections of Hampton and Newport News and all of Poquoson are urged to leave for higher ground ahead of the weekend storm.
Friday morning, Hampton issued mandatory evacuations for those living in areas that would flood in a Category 1 hurricane. Those areas include neighborhoods in and around: Grandview/Beach Road, Harris Creek, Buckroe Beach, Southwest Branch of the Back River, Hampton River, Tidemill Creek, Indian Creek and Newmarket Creek.
City officials stress that anyone who chooses to stay in those areas won't be reachable by rescue teams during the storm.
You can go to the city's shelter, which opens at 7:00 p.m. Friday. It's at Bethel High School at 1067 Big Bethel Road,
In Newport News, a mandatory evacuation in in effect for residents living in areas that would flood in a Category 1 hurricane. Those areas include City Line Apartments and the Salters Creek area.
Officials hope people will be in safer locations by 5:00 p.m. Friday. One option would be the shelter at Warwick High School, which opens at noon.
In Poquoson, a mandatory evacuation was ordered at 12:50 p.m.
Resident Steven Mallon brought in 5 tons of sand bags to protect his home and he boarded up the garage door.
'Isabel taught us you can't be over-prepared, so I decided to go ahead and barricade the first level and see if we can keep some of the storm surge from getting into the house,' said Mallon.
Hampton is expected to get more flooding than it did from Isabel.
'That's our concern,' said Connie Simmon.