Governor McAuliffe declares state of emergency to support those affected by storm

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RICHMOND (WSLS 10) – Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency for the commonwealth, in order to help relief efforts to all states affected by Hurricane Matthew.

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," he said. "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..

The Governor's Executive Order allows the Virginia State Police (VSP), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to grant temporary overweight, overwidth, registration or license exemptions to all carriers traveling through the Commonwealth to transport essential emergency relief supplies or provide restoration of utilities in areas impacted by the hurricane, regardless of the carriers' point of origin or destination.

McAuliffe also said, "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."