CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Folks are preparing as Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast.

Officials at the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center are emphasizing the importance of being ready, and having sheltering in place.

They are urging people to go out and purchase emergency supplies if they don't already have them:

“We're looking at a lot of rain, a lot of wind coming up this week. So making sure you have a flashlight, a radio - battery-powered or hand crank - first aid kit, and of course your emergency contacts,” said Maribel Street, Emergency Communications Center.

At this time emergency officials say they're not looking to set up shelters during the storm, however they will reevaluate this decision as the storm gets closer.

The National Hurricane Center announced noon Monday, September 10, that Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.