Gov. McDonnell declares state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Published 11:54 am Friday, October 26, 2012

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which is anticipated to affect the state over the weekend and early next week.

There is some uncertainty with the storm’s final track, but all forecasts call for significant impacts to Virginia. Sandy is anticipated that Sandy will be transitioning to an extra-tropical storm as it reaches Virginia, leading to a broader wind field with a wider reach across the state.

In addition, current models predict a slower storm and therefore a longer duration event than usual.

Based on current forecasts, the eastern third of Virginia could experience tropical storm force winds for more than 48 hours, along with several inches of rain and coastal flooding. Even inland areas of Virginia could see strong winds and significant rainfall.

There is a strong possibility of extensive power outages. Residents in the western and southwestern parts of the state could see some snowfall, and all areas of the Commonwealth will experience colder temperatures in the wake of Sandy, which, when coupled with anticipated power outages, could produce additional challenges for Virginians.