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Virginia governor declares 'state of emergency' ahead of Pax

On Tuesday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency ahead of winter storm Pax, due to hit the Commonwealth on Wednesday.

Is Virginia ready for the likes of Pax?
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In his statement, the governor said, "Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm. This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.”

Based on the possible severity of the snow storm, citizens should make preparation today to cover any issues arising over the next 72 hours. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing for the possibility of losing power, or being shut in for several days.

Check now to see that supplies including food, water, blankets, battery-powered radios and prescription medicines are available, if needed. Make plans to check on elderly and shut-in neighbors or family members. And don't forget the household pets.

Road condition information is available 24/7 by calling 511 or going to If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, call 211 or visit

For further information on preparing for winter weather, go to

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