Gov. Northam declares State of Emergency ahead of Michael

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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.

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.

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.”

This is a breaking news story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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