Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine visits FEMA HQ for briefing on response to Florence

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gestures during a campaign kickoff rally in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 2, 2018. Kaine is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters in D.C. Wednesday as Hurricane Florence approaches.

A press release from Kaine's office said the senator was briefed at the National Response Coordination Center on the federal government's preparations for the Category 4 storm. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and governors Ralph Northam of Virginia and Larry Hogan of Maryland have all declared states of emergency in anticipation of Florence.

“We talked about the path of the storm and the news is that it still poses significant danger in Virginia. Especially a lot of rain and flooding risks," Kaine said in a statement. "And with rain and flooding you can also have winds that could bring significant power outages."

Kaine was among those who called for President Donald Trump to issue the federal emergency declaration ahead of the "monster storm" that has caused evacuations all along the U.S. East Coast.

“The Governor has ordered evacuation from certain areas in Southeastern Virginia and it is very, very important that you follow the evacuation order to keep yourself safe," Kaine said. "So have a plan."

Florence has slowed overnight and is trending more south but is still expected to make a significant impact. Experts predict Florence to make landfall on Friday.

Kaine urged Virginians to stay informed with the latest information from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

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