Patrick County’s Emergency Services Coordinator Steve Allen distributed information to the Patrick County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Monday, detailing local preparations for the storm, which is expected to stall around Greensboro, N.C. on Friday night, bringing up to 20-inches of rain and wind speeds of 30 to 50 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has classified the Category 4 hurricane as a major hurricane that is expected to impact the southeast coast of the United States on Thursday, producing “significant flooding, high winds, and storm surge,” according to a release.

Although it will be later this week before the storm’s track is better known, the projected scenario on Tuesday “could result in catastrophic flooding rainfall across the mountains of western North Carolina, western Virginia, and eastern West Virginia,” according to the NWS in Blacksburg.

Storm damage also may include downed trees and utility lines, which could result in prolonged power outages, officials said.

Allen said emergency management personnel have distributed fuel-filled generators to potential shelters that may be opened and operated by…

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