Gov. McAuliffe declares state of emergency to support states affected by Matthew

Terry McAuliffe (Photo: AP/Elise Amendola)
Terry McAuliffe (Photo: AP/Elise Amendola)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to give state agencies and private entities the authorities and resources they need to support relief efforts in states affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“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,” said Governor McAuliffe. “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 60 authorizes the Virginia State Police (VSP), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to grant temporary overweight, over width, 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.

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