6:15 UPDATE: 140000 in Richmond area without power; man killed in Pittsylvania flash flooding; 2 missing in Charlotte …

6:15 UPDATE: 140000 in Richmond area without power; man killed in Pittsylvania flash flooding; 2 missing in Charlotte ...
5 dead in Virginia due to Michael; 5 tornadoes suspected
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.

Heavy rain led to a mudslide on Central Boulevard in Danville, Virginia on Thursday. (Courtesy @SouthernVawx via Twitter) Virginia authorities say four people drowned and a firefighter was killed, raising Michael-related death toll to 11. RICHMOND — Virginia authorities say four people drowned and a firefighter was killed, raising Michael-related death toll to 11. Over 500,000 customers lost power after a night of violent winds, flooding and even a few tornadoes.

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

In a news release, Dominion Energy confirmed “pockets of catastrophic damage” in portions of south-central Virginia, and significant damage in central Virginia. The company said priority would go to restoring power for critical services including hospitals, police and fire departments, and water systems.

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.

Dominion Energy said a suspected tornado damaged one of its substations in Northern Neck, Virginia. VDEM spokesman Caldwell said there were five tornadoes reported from Thursday into Friday morning, but the state is still awaiting confirmation from National Weather Service assessment teams.

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.

As of Friday morning, Dominion Energy was working to restore service to 450,000 customers throughout Virginia and North Carolina who were still in the dark after gusts up to 75 miles per hour and heavy rain damaged electrical infrastructure throughout the region.

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

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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."

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced Friday that five people are confirmed dead, half a million are without power and there have been five suspected tornadoes.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says five people have died across the state related to Hurricane Michael.

According to VDEM, around 520,000 people are without power and close to 1,200 roads are closed after Tropical Storm Michael caused flooding, which led fallen trees and poles.

Five tornadoes are suspects, according to VDEM and more than 520,000 people remain without power across the state.

Additionally, more than 1,000 roads are closed across Virginia due to the heavy wind and rain that moved through Thursday night.

Drivers are being warned to continue driving with caution and to avoid driving across flooded roadways.

Virginia storm updates as of 7 a.m today. 5 confirmed Michael-related fatalities. 520,000 without power. 1,200 closed roads. 5 suspected tornadoes.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield said the areas of interest for investigating the tornadoes are Dinwiddie and Amelia counties and include Sutherland, Toano, Gloucester and Mansboro.


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