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York County schools closed Tuesday after governor orders Zone A evacuations

York County schools will be closed beginning Tuesday after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of the state in advance of Hurricane Florence.

Residents in Zone A will begin evacuating at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The evacuation is mandatory, meaning residents could be charged with a misdemeanor if they refuse to leave, state officials said in a news conference Monday.

Parts of Poquoson and a majority of Seaford are in Zone A, according to the “Know Your Zone” map.

“Due to the number impacted by this announcement, all division schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, Sept. 11, to allow families the opportunity to finalize their storm preparations,” the school said in a post on its website. “Additionally, all schools and offices will remain closed until further notice.”

Besides Jamestown Island, no parts of James City County or Williamsburg are in Zone A.

Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 storm Monday as it continues to approach the East Coast, according to the latest updates from the National Weather Service.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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