Governor Ralph Northam Declares State of Emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Michael

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Michael.

“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,” said Governor Northam.

“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.”

Governor Northam's state of emergency is aimed to reduce damage in the Commonwealth as much as possible while also mobilizing resources to assist other states.

Officials stress drivers to "turn around and don't drown," as it only takes six inches of rain to move a vehicle.

For more information about the governor's state of emergency visit https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions