PHOTOS: Storm photos from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville and Greensboro, NC

PHOTOS: Storm photos from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville and Greensboro, NC
VIDEO: Tropical Storm Michael brings damage to Burke, causes road closures
RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Michael is rapidly advancing toward Virginia.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds to parts of the Commonwealth, including Hampton Roads. A tornado watch was issued early Thursday for much of Virginia and North Carolina until 9 p.m.

Region weathers Michaels visit

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday, hours before Michael made landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

In the state’s southeastern corner, additional winds caused some minor damage, with debris blowing off at least one downtown Wilmington building and the Cape Fear River spilling onto Water Street. Area beaches reported little to no additional damage along beach strands that sustained erosion during Florence.

Cleanup underway, thousands remain without power after Michael hits Upstate

Hampton Roads could begin seeing the effects from Michael Thursday evening — leaving the possibility for a messy evening commute. The eye of Michael could pass through the region around 8 p.m.

Holden Beach in Brunswick County also sustained minimal damage from Michael’s tides and winds, Mayor Alan Holden said. Holden toured the beach strand about 2 p.m. and said some boardwalks had been washed out on the west end, but the beach had otherwise weathered the storm.

Michael is expected to start pushing out to sea overnight — and by Friday morning, Michael will weaken further and become more of a nor'easter.

Unlike Florence, which drenched the region while moving as slow as 2 mph, the remnants of Michael moved around or slightly above 20 mph throughout Thursday. The storm’s speed meant limited impact from rain in the Wilmington region.

Northam's declaration is designed to help officials mobilize resources and help state agencies mitigate any damage from the storm.

Several rivers across Spartanburg County crested Thursday afternoon, spilling water over their banks into low-lying areas. National Weather Service hydrologist Joshua Palmer said the Middle Tyger River reached 11.1 feet and is expected to continue to cause minor flooding conditions on Mount Lebanon Church Road and surrounding areas through Friday morning.

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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Caleb Gosnell of Lucerne Drive said a tree fell close to his house during the storm. He was relieved nobody was hurt when the tree struck a power line across the street and landed in his front yard. Gosnell said he was about to leave his house when he saw a bright flash from the power line as it fell to the ground.

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