MCAuliffe Tours DamageGovernor McAuliffe visited the hard-hit Evergreen area of Appomattox County Thursday, promising all the state assistance possible to those hit by yesterday’s severe storm. The governor says crews are conducting a full damage assessment so the state can appeal to the federal government for emergency funds. McAuliffe says he was struck by the total destruction of homes he saw from the air — and what some people were trying to do at those homes today:

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The governor says if there is any good fortune in this, it is that the storm did not strike in the middle of the night, when the death toll could have been much higher.