Va. governor declares state of emergency

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The latest on drenching rains and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin threatening the East Coast and Virginia.

6 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency for Virginia. That allows public safety officials to respond to flooding from unrelenting rainfall Tuesday and the prospect of more extreme weather over the coming days – perhaps up to 10 inches of rain.

McAuliffe cautioned Virginians of the potential of devastating weather.

“I cannot stress enough the imperative for Virginians to focus on the rainstorms that are headed our way tomorrow and Friday, well before Hurricane Joaquin could potentially impact Virginia,” he said.

The governor added that he has instructed his secretary of public safety and homeland security “to make every preparation for a major event Thursday and Friday.”

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