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Governor announces storm emergency

From the governor’s office:

Governor Timothy M. Kaine dec*lared a state of emergency today, directing state agencies to take all reasonable actions necessary to protect the health and safety of Virginians from the potentially damaging effects of Tropical Storm Hanna.

“Current forecasts predict Hanna will bring tropical storm force winds to Virginia, causing coastal flooding and the very real possibility of tornadoes and power outages,” Governor Kaine said. “Virginians should listen to their local government representatives and local news media for instructions for the duration of the storm.”

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and preposition resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has staffed the Virginia Emergency Operations Center with response team members from several state agencies and other affiliated organizations. In addition, the Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Transportation have additional personnel on standby to respond to areas in the storm’s path.

Update:

The attorney general is out with a news release noting that the emergency declaration means an anti-price-gouging statute goes into effect:

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell announced that the Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Statute is now activated with the issuance of a State of Emergency by Governor Tim Kaine this morning. The Governor issued the State of Emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is expected to impact the Commonwealth this weekend.

The Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act, which became law on July 1, 2004, prohibits the charging of “unconscionable” prices for “necessary goods and services” within the affected area during the 30 day period following issuance of a declared state of emergency.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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