Senator Kaine Shares Thoughts on Tropical Storm Florence at UVA

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Senator Kaine speaking at UVA on September 14 Senator Kaine speaking at UVA on September 14
Kaine discussed the role religion plays in his political career Kaine discussed the role religion plays in his political career

As Tropical Storm Florence makes its way toward Virginia, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is reminding people to be vigilant.

Kaine made an appearance in Charlottesville on Friday, September 14, to speak at the University of Virginia on the role religion plays in his political career.

But with Tropical Storm Florence on its way, he thought back on his time when Hurricane Isabel struck back in 2003 during his tenure as lieutenant governor.

"It definitely brings back memories of being a governor and to do the emergency response,” Kaine said.

Kaine says the upcoming threat of Florence reminds him of the amount of damage severe weather can cause.

"The danger may be less now on the storm surge, which we thought was going to be the problem, but rain, wind, flooding, and the ground is already wet and the rivers are already full, so that can also mean a lot of tree damage," Kaine said.

Kaine says making sure Virginians are safe is the state’s top priority.

“These officials from every federal agency working together to give good information to states and help Virginia and the Carolinas deal,” Kaine said.

Kaine says just because Florence is weakening as it approaches the state does not mean people should lose motivation to be properly prepared.

"We have a lot of people in Virginia, they may not be as vulnerable as storm surge, but flooding and power outages and trees - that is what we have to worry about,” Kaine said.

Though the senator spent time discussing the upcoming weather events, his initial reason for visiting UVA Friday night was to discuss the role his faith plays in his political career.

“I feel like I wanted to be a working example for students,” Kaine said. “I try to do what I do out of a spiritual motivation - and that means whatever your motivation, might be spiritual, might be something else," Kaine said.

Kaine says listening to people with different political views can help make a community stronger.

“Community is composed of a whole lot of different people, which will help you be a better person in your own spiritual direction,” Kaine said.

Senator Kaine recommends all Virginians keep an eye on the forecast and stay up to date with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management throughout the weekend.