Va. governor declares a state of emergency

Waves from Hurricane Matthew batter a boat dock Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla. Matthew was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane overnight, and its storm center hung just offshore as it moved up the Florida coastline, sparing communities its full 120 mph winds. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency for the commonwealth, in order to support relief efforts to all states affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Governor McAuliffe made the executive order Thursday afternoon.

“While current forecasts indicate that Virginia will be spared of the worst impacts of Hurricane Matthew, I want to emphasize the importance to Virginians of preparing for the possibility of some hurricane-related rains and minor flooding, primarily in coastal areas,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Even if this storm misses Virginia, we have a responsibility to our sister states to facilitate efforts to respond to this disaster and keep families safe. This order will help get crews, equipment and relief supplies into the states most-impacted by Matthew, and we stand ready to provide additional resources as necessary.

“Finally, I want to thank the members of our Commonwealth’s two urban search and rescue teams, Virginia Task Force One and Virginia Task Force Two, who were dispatched to Florida last night at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These men and women are among the world’s most elite emergency response teams, and Dorothy and I will continue to pray for their safety along with all of the families and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.”