Governor declares state of emergency

Published 1:06 pm Thursday, October 11, 2018

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of impacts from Tropical Storm Michael, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“As Tropical Storm Michael turns to the Commonwealth, I want to urge all Virginians to prepare for the serious possibility of flash floods, tropical storm force winds, tornadoes and power outages,” Northam said. “I am declaring a state of emergency in order to provide state assets to Virginians and to assist our neighbors in states who are dealing with the devastating effects of this historic storm. My thoughts are with all those along with the Gulf Coast, and my administration will continue our outreach to governors and state agencies where Hurricane Michael has produced widespread damage.”

The order is designed to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. State agencies are working closely with localities to identify any needs and to provide resources.

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