Governor Ralph Northam declared as state of emergency Thursday afternoon as the remnants of Hurricane Michael move across much of Virginia.
Northam's declaration allows the state to mobilize resources and streamlines the process to provide assistance to other states.
What is now Tropical Storm Michael is expected to bring several inches of rain to southwest and central Virginia and the Hampton Roads region. There's also the potential for isolated tornadoes across the southern section of the state, including Lynchburg, Danville and Richmond.
Flash flooding was already ocurring in areas along the North Carolina state line Thursday morning. By midday, the heavy rain had moved into the Roanoke Valley, causing urban flash flooding there. Many schools across the state sent students home early. Some canceled classes altogether.