Virginia Beach updates plan for Florence as officials expect lessened impact

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — At a press conference Wednesday morning, Virginia Beach city officials announced an updated plan in light of Hurricane Florence’s new track. 

With the storm veering south, City Manager Dave Hansen said the estimated impacts to our area are significantly reduced. 

Because of the storm’s shift, officials have decided to only open the shelter at Kellam High School, which will be operational Wednesday at 6 p.m. According to Hansen, the shelter will be able to house 1,000 people. 

There is also a drop off-only pet shelter opening at Landstown Elementary on Thursday at 8 a.m.

Hansen says Virginia Beach city officials are still prepared if things take a turn.

“Our staff will remain vigilant,” explained Hansen. “Our staff has planned for the worst. We are prepared to resource all that we need to resource to support our citizens, our businesses and our visitors should they require assistance.”

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