Gov. McAuliffe declares state of emergency after severe storms

Tornado watch until 9PM

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency on Wednesday evening after a stretch of deadly storms tore through the commonwealth.

The declaration helps activate resources for the National Guard, State Police, Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation for storm relief.

The governor monitored the storm from the emergency response center in Chesterfield, as severe thunderstorms and reports of tornadoes made their way across the state. He plans on visiting the storm-affected areas in Appomattox and Waverly on Thursday.

The storms are expected to continue into Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service has also placed much of Central Virginia under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Storms left three dead in Waverly earlier Wednesday and caused massive damage in Appomattox.

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