Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in reaction to Hurricane Ida. Ida arrived in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane and is expected to impact Virginia. The southwestern region of Virginia has already experienced weather damage this week.
According to Northam’s release, the storm is slated to cause heavy flooding along Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 corridors. Buchanan County was hit on Monday with a storm that caused flash flooding, with Ida potentially worsening the situation.
A risk of tornadoes starting late Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday is also present.
Ida landed in Louisiana on August 29, causing significant flooding and power loss.
Hurricane Ida has been causing devastation across the Southern border. On August 30, the National Guard activated more than 5,200 personnel in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama in response to the hurricane.