Governor McDonnell declared a state of emergency on Sunday after spring storms killed at least seven people in Virginia. The storms spawned tornadoes and caused widespread flooding. The governor’s declaration will help speed aid to hard-hit areas, like Gloucester (GLA-stur) in the Tidewater region, where twisters destroyed homes and killed three people.
Crews are continuing to assess damage from severe weekend storms that left several people in Virginia dead and caused tornadoes and flash flooding. Gov. Bob McDonnell on Sunday declared a state of emergency. On Monday, heis scheduled to visit Gloucester County, where officials say a tornado ripped the roof off a middle school.
A tornado temporarily interrupted operations at a nuclear plant in Surry County, in southeastern Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power released a statement, saying two reactors shut down when an apparent twister touched down outside the plant on Saturday and that there was no abnormal release of radioactivity.