HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — As Hurricane Dorian approaches the east coast, people from Virginia are already being affected. Some local families had their vacations cut short as officials in North Carolina issued evacuation orders for the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.
Due to safety concerns, one Henrico woman had to end her vacation in the Outer Banks after just one day.
“Hard to get the news when we’ve only been here 24 hours,” Angela Davis said via Facetime while on the beach. “It is beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky.”
Davis was vacationing in the projected path of Dorian when she got the evacuation warning.
“The realtors sent the text, and then later in the afternoon park rangers rode by and were telling everyone to evacuate,” she explained. “We were actually surprised we got the evacuation so soon.”
The hurricane has brought destruction to the Bahamas and is expected to hit the Carolina coast later this week. Davis believes that the warning was a bit premature.
“Because it’s still in Florida, we thought it was really early to get that information,” she said.
Davis says they have rental insurance in place and will get reimbursed for their vacation.
She tells 8News she understands safety is the number one priority.
“I would imagine if you have a house that’s right on the beach you probably want your renters to get out so you can start your preparation.”