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.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday, hours before Michael made landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.
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.
Northam's declaration is designed to help officials mobilize resources and help state agencies mitigate any damage from the storm.
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."
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says five people have died across the state related to Hurricane Michael.
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.