RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon ahead of the potential impacts from Tropical Storm Michael.
The order will 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.
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“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,” Gov. 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.”
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