Trop­i­cal storm rem­nants roll through area

6-10 inches of rain ex­pected as Michael passes over Va.

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Atkin­son As­sis­tant Edi­tor

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.

[DOU­GLAS R. CLIF­FORD/TAMPA BAY TIMES VIA AP]

The coastal town­ship of Mex­ico Beach, Fla., lays dev­as­tated on Thurs­day af­ter Hur­ri­cane Michael made land­fall on Wed­nes­day in the Florida Pan­han­dle.

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