Gov. Northam issues State of Emergency in anticipation of remnants from Ida


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a State of Emergency Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of the remnants from Tropical Depression Ida.

Ida is expected to cause heavy rains and flooding along I-81 and I-66. There is also a risk of tornadoes across the Commonwealth late Tuesday night through Wednesday.

As of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said a tornado had been reported Tuesday in Montgomery, Virginia near Interstate 81 exit 108.

Heavy rainfall has already caused flash flooding in Buchanan County.

Executive Order 81 can be viewed here.

The declaration will allow local officials to coordinate planning and evacuation resources and mobilize resources and deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts.

“While we’re fortunate in Virginia to have avoided the hurricane itself, heavy rainfall is expected to cause additional flash flooding and dangerous conditions in portions of the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam.

“I’m grateful to the first responders and rescue crews currently on the ground, and I urge Virginians in these regions to stay alert.”

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