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HAMPTON, NEWPORT NEWS, NORFOLK -- The Cities of Hampton and Newport News have declared a State of Emergency ahead of Sandy.

The National Weather Service is predicting damaging winds and flooding in low-lying areas.

HAMPTON

Areas that are prone to flooding include but are not limited to: Grandview/Beach Road, Harris Creek, Buckroe Beach, Southwest Branch of the Back River, Hampton River, Tidemill Creek, Indian Creek, and Newmarket Creek. Residents in low-lying areas should be preparing to evacuate to hotels or to friends and family inland.

Weather forecasters stress that this storm is part hurricane and part Nor'easter. Sandy has less of a tight eye, or center, but the wind effects of the storm is much broader. That means Hampton will begin feeling the storm sooner, and over a much longer period of time.

The city will open a shelter at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Phenix School (1061 Big Bethel Road) for the general population and Bethel High School as a pet friendly and overflow shelter (1067 Big Bethel Road).

Residents should bring any medications or special needs equipment; air mattresses, blankets and pillows; diapers, toys, games and books for children; food; and water (recommended 1 gallon per person per day). Pets at Bethel High School will be accepted; owners should bring a cage or crate, food and water, shot records and medications.

Residents can get Hampton-specific information by:

NEWPORT NEWS

The City Manager has declared a local state of emergency. City staff are pre-positioning equipment and supplies and are prepared to open a shelter if needed. Newport News will partially activate its Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday to monitor conditions throughout the evening and overnight.

In anticipation of the storm, solid waste collections for next week will be delayed one day (i.e., Monday's collections will be made on Tuesday, Tuesday's on Wednesday, Wednesday's on Thursday, and Thursdays' on Friday.) Residents should retrieve garbage and recycling carts from the curb and put them in a protected area. Additionally, any bulk debris should be removed from the curb to minimize flooding potential.

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