Ahead of the storms arrival, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of its potential impacts.
Thursday set a record for rainfall at Richmond International Airport with 3.59 inches, but not all of the rain was measured due to a malfunction by the rain gauge during the storm. The National Weather Service will look at nearby data this morning and will likely re-publish a rain total report above 4″.
Up to 9 inches of rain reported Thursday
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.
“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.”
Virginians are urged to learn how to prepare for storms like this that can bring the risk of flooding and tornadoes.
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