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Gov. Northam issues State of Emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Michael impacts

An American flag flies amidst destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday that Virginia is under a State of Emergency in anticipation of impacts from Tropical Storm Michael.

The order is designed to mobilize resources, help Virginia mitigate any damage, and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses 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,” Governor Northam said.

State agencies are working closely with localities to identify any needs and to provide resources.

To learn more on how to prepare for weather threats, click here.

Remember to “turn around and don’t drown.” Do not drive across any flooded roadway, as it only takes six inches of water to move a vehicle and roads may be washed out beneath the floodwaters.

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