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Virginia governor declares "state of emergency" ahead of winter storm

Published On: Feb 11 2014 04:11:54 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 11:49:03 AM EST
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — -

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is declaring a state of emergency in advance of a winter storm projected to dump several inches of snow throughout Virginia.

The governor's office announced the declaration Tuesday. It authorizes state agencies to prepare to assist local governments in responding to a major snow storm set to hit the state Wednesday.

In a statement, the governor also urged Virginians to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm and be prepared for potential power outages19 inches of snow was recorded at WDBJ7

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Pittsylvania County has declared a state of emergency. See the declaration below:

On Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe
Whereas, Pittsylvania County has consulted with the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Transportation and does hereby find that:

1. Due to the potential winter storm event, the County of Pittsylvania is facing serious road hazards with fallen trees and power outages for homes and businesses as a result of heavy wet snow.

2. Due to these hazards, a condition of extreme peril of life and property necessitates the Declaration of Emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I HEREBY PROCLAIM that an emergency now exists throughout said County; and

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the existence of said emergency the powers, functions, and duties of the Director of Emergency Management of the County of Pittsylvania, shall be those prescribed by law and the ordinances, resolutions, and approved plans of the County of Pittsylvania in order to mitigate the effects of said emergency.

Effective: February 12, 2014