Evacuation order issued in Hampton Roads as Hurricane Dorian approaches; Danville’s free clinic will close because there are fewer patients and more headlines

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• Hurricane Dorian is churning into the Outer Banks. Hampton Roads residents can expect tropical storm-force winds today, several inches of rain and coastal flooding. The storm is grazing the metro Richmond area, but west of Williamsburg and Emporia, it isn’t expected to have much of an impact. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Local officials ordered mandatory evacuations in Sandbridge, the lowest-lying area in Virginia Beach, but many local residents and tourists decided to ride out the storm. – The Virginian-Pilot

• National Weather Service officials are worried Hampton Roads residents aren’t taking the storm seriously enough. “Just because we’re not in the cone of error doesn’t mean we’re not going to feel the impacts,” said Jeff Orrock, the lead forecaster at the service’s Wakefield office. “We’re still going to feel the impacts, strong tropical storm- to hurricane-force winds, lots of rain and major flooding around Friday’s high tide. Friday is going to be a very bad day.” – Daily Press

• The Free Clinic of Danville is shutting down after its patient roster dropped from 187 to 15 following the expansion this year of Medicaid, which saw particularly high sign-up rates in the city. – Danville Register & Bee

• Protesters blocking construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County have been living in trees along the project’s route for one year. – The Roanoke Times

• Workers took down “Jefferson Davis Highway” signs in Arlington this week. Local officials voted to change the road’s name to “Richmond Highway” earlier this year. – WAMU

• A conservative group is suing Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax over a denied public records request seeking chats, emails and text messages with his staffers about sexual assault allegations. – VPM

• An eviction-diversion program in Richmond that will pay up to 50 percent of a tenant’s overdue rent is preparing to launch. – Richmond Free Press

• A boat the Navy used for target practice out of its Norfolk base washed up 3,400 miles away in Ireland, causing a bit of a national stir. – The Virginian-Pilot

• VDOT is testing fencing and animal underpasses to keep deer off the interstates around Charlottesville. But if deer are hit, the state has also been studying forced-air compost facilities, which they say offer an efficient way to dispose of carcasses. – C-VILLE

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CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that local officials ordered the evacuation in Sandbridge, not the state.