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Virginia declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Michael

A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday in anticipation of impacts from Tropical Storm Michael.

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

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, making it one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland. It has since been moving up the East Coast, which will include Virginia.

Virginians should visit www.VAemergency.gov to learn about how to prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and flood threats. Remember to “turn around and don’t drown.”

To learn more about what a state of emergency declaration does and does not do, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/what-we-do/state-of-emergency/.

To read the text of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring this state of emergency visit https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/.

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