Governor declares state of emergency

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Thursday morning, so state resources like VDOT can spring into action. At emergency headquarters, they tell us state crews with chainsaws are in high demand in Hanover, and across the state.

In the Coatesville area of Hanover, R.D. Nuckols says goodbye to a pair of longtime friends.

"These trees are probably 100 years old," he said.

A white pine landed feet from his front door. It gave up as a hefty storm hit Thursday morning.

"You've got this open field over here and there's nothing to slow the wind down," Nuckols said.

State Emergency Coordinator Michael Cline is orchestrating the cleanup from Chesterfield. Washington and Halifax counties are keeping him busy.

"Compared to those folks, we were relatively unscathed," said Michael.

Police are blocking roads as forestry teams and VDOT slice up 60 foot trees. With no power at home, Robert Cocke investigates the aftermath.

"It was around 10, 10:30, something like that. I mean it was like a tornado going through," said Cocke who lives on Old Ridge Road.

With dark clouds still visible, Michael watches and waits.

"The weather forecasters are saying today shouldn't be as bad as yesterday, but yesterday was horrible," he said.

In addition to state resources, emergency management is relying heavily on volunteers who are guiding search and rescues in harder hit areas. Non-profits are also helping hundreds of volunteers who no longer have homes.

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