Tropical storm remnants roll through area
6-10 inches of rain expected as Michael passes over Va.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Michael continued their march through the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, leaving wind damage and flooding problems on their path from the Gulf Coast, where it started as a powerful hurricane, back to the East Coast, a shadow of its former self but still packing a potent punch.
Schools across the area closed early so students and buses would not have to be on the road when Michael’s effects were expected Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service predicted that 6-10 inches of rain could fall in southeastern and south-central Virginia as the storm passed through.
The Virginia Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory for Thursday evening into Friday. Gov. Ralph S. Northam also issued a pre-emptive state of emergency Thursday, urging residents to prepare for Michael’s effects, such as
flash flooding, high winds and power outages. Northam said the declaration also will allow Virginia to assist neighboring states as necessary with storm cleanup.
Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday shortly after making landfall near Mexico Beach, Fla. At least two deaths have been reported as a result of the storm, which briskly marched across the Florida panhandle and into parts of the Southeast still recovering from Hurricane Florence’s wrath last month.
The Associated Press reported authorities deeming Michael the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in half a century. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the Category 4 hurricane left “unimagineable destruction” on the Panhandle.
The coastal township of Mexico Beach, Fla., lays devastated on Thursday after Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle.