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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a states of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

While the direct path of the storm is not yet known, parts of Virginia and Maryland could be hit hard based on computer models and projections.

“We are issuing this state of emergency today as a precautionary measure in order to ensure that we are ready for any potential effects of Hurricane Irene in the Commonwealth,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Over the last 24 hours, a number of weather models have shifted the forecasted track of Irene slightly to the west, increasing the potential for inclement weather and potentially dangerous conditions in portions of Virginia. At this time, I encourage all Virginians to gather items they may need this weekend in case of power outages and disruptions in public services and to make sure their family members and friends are also prepared for this storm.”

READ MORE at www.nbcwashington.com

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