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Hurricane Florence spares Tidewater Virginia

The Middle Peninsula, as well as the state as a whole, escaped much of the wrath of Hurricane Florence over the weekend.

The storm, which came ashore Friday as a strong Category 1 storm near Wilmington, North Carolina, was at one time predicted to take a similar path as Hurricane Isabel in 2003. That storm ravaged much of this area in 2003, causing extensive tidal flooding, uprooted trees and left many residents without power for weeks.

Emergency managers in both Gloucester and Mathews reported no damage from Florence. However, with Gov. Ralph Northam calling for a mandatory evacuation of low-lying portions of both counties last Monday, schools, some post offices and businesses were shut down for much of last week.

“Gloucester County was fortunate to not have sustained impacts from Hurricane Florence such as what were experienced in areas farther south,” said Brett Major, Gloucester’s emergency management coordinator. “Rainfall and storm tides in our area wer...

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