wlni-defaultGovernor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as the remnants of Hurricane Hermine move up the Atlantic coast. The greatest concern right now is a potential storm surge along the coastline and up Chesapeake Bay, but heavy rains, flooding and damaging winds are also possible. A state of emergency permits state resources, like the National Guard, can be made quickly available.

(Continue reading for Governor McAuliffe’s full news release.)

 

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today declared a state of emergency and urged residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for significant storm impacts generated by remnants of Hurricane Hermine, which has the potential to bring severe flooding, dangerous storm surge and damaging winds to Virginia.

“We are strongly encouraging everyone in Virginia to prepare for the possibility of damaging winds, downed trees, power outages and flooding in much of the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I have been briefed by the National Weather Service and my emergency team, who are tracking this storm and monitoring for the potential that it will reconstitute as a nor’easter with significant rainfall, life-threatening storm surge and flooding. I urge Virginians to limit travel as the severe weather arrives and evacuate if recommended by officials. We hope this storm passes quickly through our Commonwealth, but our top priority must be to ensure the safety of our citizens and their families.”

A state of emergency is declared under Virginia law so that state resources can be made available. The governor’s emergency declaration ensures a fully coordinated state response to support local initial response and recovery efforts. A declaration also decreases time and paperwork required to get personnel, equipment and supplies where they are needed.

“Public safety personnel are coordinating state efforts to track the storm and respond to any emergencies,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “We encourage the public to exercise good judgement and stay up to date by following the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on social media.”

In response to the storm, these actions are being taken:

The declaration also activates the provisions of state law on price gouging so that state agencies can address verified reports of price gouging of necessary goods or services.

For information about preparing for the severe coastal weather and Hurricane Hermine, visit www.vaemergency.gov.

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