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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell 
October 30, 2012 
Governor McDonnell Updates Virginia’s Recovery from Hurricane Sandy              
Storm Largely Spares Commonwealth; 114,000 Customers Still Without Power, 
Mostly in Northern Virginia 
RICHMOND - During an afternoon press conference in Richmond, Governor Bob 
McDonnell updated Virginia’s continued recovery from the impacts of Hurricane 
Sandy. The large storm began affecting portions of the Commonwealth late 
Saturday, and snow and rain associated with the system continue in parts of the 
state. During the storm, winds gusted to 60mph in both  Roanoke and Arlington 
and to 68 mph at Wallops Island, nearly 10 inches of rain was recorded in the 
Pungo area of Virginia Beach and on the Northern Neck, and 8.5 inches of snow 
fell in Tazewell, with reports of higher amounts in many elevated areas of 
western and southwestern Virginia. In addition, high water led to the National 
Guard transporting citizens to shelters on the Eastern Shore. Sadly, the storm 
was responsible for two fatalities in Central Virginia.                          
Despite those figures, Sandy’s impact in the Commonwealth was far less than 
originally anticipated. As of 1pm today, power outages are down to 114,000 
customers statewide, which is a much smaller number than expected. Most regions 
of the Commonwealth, outside of mountain areas experiencing lingering snow, 
will see weather conditions quickly returning to normal over the days ahead. 
Based on current conditions and what is anticipated for the aftermath of the 
storm, the Commonwealth is in a position to offer assistance to states that 
suffered far more damage. Today, Governor McDonnell spoke with President Obama 
to offer Virginia resources to ongoing recovery efforts in New Jersey, New York 
and other states. He has also personally communicated that offer to Governor 
Chris Christie in New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York. In 
addition, offers of assistance have been made to Connecticut and Delaware. 
Speaking about the now-ending storm in the Commonwealth, Governor McDonnell 
remarked, “I sincerely appreciate the cooperation we have seen from Virginians 
in every part of the state as we have gone through this severe weather event. 
Sandy was not as bad as we expected, but we still faced high winds, heavy rain 
and snow, and flooding. Virginians worked together to get through this storm, 
and looked out for one another. I thank our citizens for their efforts and 
their incredible generosity of spirit. I also want to, once again, thank our 
first responders, state agencies, local governments, private partners and 
volunteers for the tremendous work they have done.  There is still clean up to 
be done and we need to get power restored to the over 110,000 customers without 
it. We will get that done.  Virginia stands ready to help other states as they 
recover from a far more serious and destructive storm within their borders.” 
Federal Disaster Declaration 
Governor McDonnell requested and Virginia has been awarded a federal disaster 
declaration to support emergency response efforts.  Specifically, FEMA is 
authorized to deploy federal resources if needed by local and state officials.  
Virginia may request federal Public Assistance after damage assessments are 
compiled.  It is too early to know if Virginia would qualify for federal 
Individual Assistance. 
Storm-Related Fatalities 
Two storm-related traffic fatalities have been confirmed by the Office of the 
Chief Medical Examiner.  The deaths occurred in the central region of the 
state.  No other storm-related deaths have been reported. 
Power Outages 
At 1 p.m., reported power outages were at 114,000 statewide.  Virginia Dominion 
Power expects all power to be restored by Thursday night. 
Extensions for State Permits, Fees and Licenses 
Governor McDonnell signed Executive Order No. 53: Declaration of a State of 
Emergency for the Commonwealth of Virginia Due to the Threat of Hurricane Sandy 
Impacting Virginia. Included in the Executive Order is a request that the 
Department of Motor Vehicles and other executive branch agencies, as deemed 
appropriate in their discretion, waive any late fees associated with October 
registrations, licenses, permits, or credential renewals that are submitted on 
or before November 9, 2012.  You can download the entire Executive order here. 
Current Travel Conditions 
More than 280 roads, mostly secondary roads, are closed due to flooding and 
downed trees in northern Virginia, northern Shenandoah Valley, and the Eastern 
Interstate routes in southwestern Virginia have scattered snow and ice patches. 
 Many primary and secondary roads in southwest Virginia are snow covered or 
have snow and ice patches. 
In northern Virginia, about 100 signals are not functioning.  Drivers should 
treat these intersections as four-way stops.  HOV restrictions have been lifted 
on interstates 66, 95, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road. 
In Hampton Roads, all tunnels, water crossings, interstate highways and primary 
roads are open in most areas.  Two severely impacted areas include Accomack and 
Northampton counties. In these areas, several secondary roads remain closed due 
to storm surge flooding and downed trees. 
HOV restrictions are lifted in Northern Virginia 
DC Metro services: Metrorail service restoration began at 2 p.m.  On all lines, 
trains will operate at Sunday service intervals until closing. 
Metrobus: Service restoration began at 2 p.m.  Buses will operate on a Sunday 
schedule on Tuesday. Certain bus routes that do not operate on Sundays will 
resume service on a weekday schedule. 
2012 Election 
The State Board of Elections has asked local electoral boards in localities 
impacted by Hurricane Sandy to extend absentee voting hours over the course of 
the remaining absentee period that ends on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.  Please 
check local general registrar offices’ websites or call ahead to determine the 
hours of operations in specific localities. You may also visit the State Board 
of Elections Facebook page for updated information at 
To be eligible to vote absentee, it is necessary to be registered to vote and 
meet one of the 19 qualifying absentee reasons.  Please remember to bring an 
acceptable form of identification to the voter registration office if planning 
to vote absentee. 
How to Help 
The Governor encourages Virginians wishing to help out in this difficult time 
to consider a donation to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund (VDRF) or the 
American Red Cross Disaster Fund (ARCF).  All money donated assists Virginians 
who are affected by disasters.  For more about these two disaster funds, visit: 
9 shelters and 4 heating shelters are open in 13 localities with 122 people. 
The best source for local shelter information is local government officials and 
local media reports.  As of 10 a.m., these localities have open shelters: 
Accomack County
Dickenson County
Fairfax County
Madison County
New Kent County
Russell County
Shenandoah County
Tazewell County – 4 Heating Shelters (No overnight accommodations, shelters are 
for relief from the cold.) 
Virginia Rescue Efforts 
Virginia State Police – state troopers and dispatchers have fielded 5,098 calls 
for service as a result of the high winds, heavy rains, and snowfall associated 
with the Hurricane Sandy storm system. Statewide between 12:01 a.m. Sunday 
(Oct. 28, 2012) and 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2012), Virginia troopers 
responded to 583 traffic crashes and 690 disabled vehicles. The majority of the 
storm-related crashes occurred in the Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Southside, and 
Northern Virginia regions. At the height of the storm Monday, state police were 
fielding 155 calls for service per hour.
Virginia National Guard – Approximately 630 Virginia National Guard personnel 
are staged on the Eastern Shore, in Hampton Roads, along the Interstate 95 
corridor from Richmond to northern Virginia, and along the I-81/I-66 corridor 
from Woodstock to Leesburg ready to assist with high water transport, debris 
reduction and reconnaissance patrols.   Some of their accomplishments include: 
·         In Winchester, VNG assisted Virginia State Police with clearing a 
large tree blocking access to a VSP fueling station 
·         In Norfolk, VNG provided high water transport to assist local 
firefighters transporting a citizen to shelter. 
·         In Onancock, VNG conducted multiple missions to transport 14 citizens 
to shelters and transported six firefighters. 
Shellfish Restrictions 
Virginia Department of Health issued an emergency closure of shellfish 
harvesting areas in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay and west of and 
including the Virginia Inside Passage of the Eastern Shore due to tidal 
flooding and excessive rainfall.  Maps of the affected areas are posted on the 
Division of Shellfish Sanitation’s home page at  The affected shellfish are bivalve mollusks 
including oysters and clams, but not crabs or fin fish. 
For Additional Questions and More Post-Storm Information 
2-1-1 Virginia is serving as the public inquiry number for Virginia residents.
5-1-1 - Call toll-free for the latest in road conditions and closures; or visit 
People can use VDOT’s Customer Service Center hotline to report road issues 
such as debris in the road and potholes: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). 
Dial #77 on a cell phone to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency.
Residents should call their locality’s non-emergency number for updated 
storm-related and shelter information.  Call 9-1-1 only in a true emergency. 
Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov                                       
Department of Emergency Management  
Contact: Bob Spieldenner                                                         
Phone: (804) 674-2400
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