1 am update: Tragedy in Hanover, and power outages tick up

1 am update: Tragedy in Hanover, and power outages tick up
8:15 p.m. update: Tornado blows roof off in James City County
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The remains of Hurricane Michael are still considered a tropical storm, and they are expected to move through parts of Virginia Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Ahead of the storms arrival, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of its potential impacts.

The executive order mobilizes resources, helps Virginia mitigate damage, and streamlines the process used to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

At least two deaths have been blamed on Michael as it blasted Florida and Georgia. Though weakened into a tropical storm, it continued to bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the Southeast as it pushed inland, soaking areas still recovering from last month's Hurricane Florence.

“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 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.”

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Michael's arrival to the region.

Virginians are urged to learn how to prepare for storms like this that can bring the risk of flooding and tornadoes.

Additionally, 4 to 6 inches of rain is expected, causing some localized flooding. As the storm reaches the area, there is the possibility for delays and/or cancellations of some flights.

For more information on preparing for an emergency, road conditions, and what happens under a state of emergency, click on the links in the Related Links box.

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