RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says that it has confirmed a tornado in Virginia.
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The National Weather Service in Wakefield tweeted Thursday that radar confirmed the tornado shortly after 5:30 p.m.
It touched down near Scott’s Fork, which is in southern Amelia County and about 36 miles (58 kilometers) southwest of Richmond.
533pm Radar CONFIRMED Tornado near Scotts Fork in southern Amelia County. A Tornado is on the ground, TAKE SHELTER NOW #vawx pic.twitter.com/SAIUDSK609
The storm has the potential to bring substantial weather that impacts central and eastern Virginia Thursday evening into early Friday.
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Michael may bring sustained winds of 20 to 30 MPH, with potential gusts possible between 40 and 50 mph.
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“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,” Northam said in a written release. “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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