1 am update: Tragedy in Hanover, and power outages tick up

1 am update: Tragedy in Hanover, and power outages tick up
WEATHER UPDATE: Flash flood warnings in effect across central Va. until early Friday morning; wind gusts as high as 56 mph so far
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says that it has confirmed a tornado in Virginia.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield tweeted Thursday that radar confirmed the tornado shortly after 5:30 p.m.

Michael Brings flash flood and tornado threat to NC

It touched down near Scott’s Fork, which is in southern Amelia County and about 36 miles (58 kilometers) southwest of Richmond.

Strong wind gusts will also be a concern across the state Thursday.  Gusts will range from 25 to 50mph with the highest gusts expected in the afternoon from near the Triangle and Sandhills to the coast.  The winds combined with a saturated ground could lead to downed trees and spotty power outages.

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

Hurricane Michael came inland Wednesday afternoon along the Florida panhandle just below category 5 strength causing catastrophic damage.  It has since weakened into a tropical storm but will still pack a punch as it quickly moves across the Carolinas Thursday.

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Rain from Michael and the threat for any tornadoes will come to an end through Thursday evening.  Clearing skies are expected across the state through the night.  Sunshine will return for Friday and much of the weekend.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Michael's arrival to the region.

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