5 deaths reported in Virginia from Tropical Storm Michael

5 reports of tornadoes being investigated

By Jenna Zibton - Anchor

The Virginia State Police Search & Recovery Team divers conducting a search pattern Friday near Mt. Harmony Road in Charlotte County. Credit: Virginia State Police

ROANOKE - Five deaths have been reported across Virginia from tropical storm Michael on Thursday.

A Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman says:

  • Hanover County Fire Lt. Brad Clark died after being hit by a truck Thursday night at a crash scene on I-295
  • James King Junior, 45, of Dry Fork died in Pittsylvania County after he was swept away by floodwaters
  • In Danville, at about 5:00 p.m. William Tanksley, 53 of Danville was swept away from his vehicle by swift moving water during flash flooding near the 100 block of Colonial Court. His body will be transported to Roanoke for autopsy

  • In Danville, 60-year-old Jennifer Mitchell was killed on Goodyear Boulevard around 10:20 p.m. The victim was stranded inside of a vehicle that was overrun by flash flood waters. The victim's name is pending family notification

  • In Charlotte County, a man drowned after being stranded in high water on Mt. Harmony Road. State Police say about 7:30 p.m. They found three people clinging to a bridge. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office was able to pull one of the occupants, a 17-year-old male, to safety. A man and woman were swept away in the rushing floodwaters before the deputies could reach them. Overnight, the remains of the man were found and the search continues now for the woman.

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