By: | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: June 29, 2012
Updated: June 30, 2012 - 11:50 AM
RICHMOND, Va. --
Thousands of people in Richmond and across a broad swath of Virginia face the prospect of enduring a weekend of 100-degree heat without electricity after hurricane-force storms pounded the region overnight. Six deaths are being blamed on the storm in the state.
Gov Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of the storms.
It was "the largest non-hurricane power outage in Virginia history," McDonnell said in a press briefing at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Chesterfield County. "The next few days in Virginia are going to be very, very difficult."
McDonnell said there are six confirmed fatalities due to falling trees, but authorities are investigating reports of other deaths due to the storm.
About 250 secondary and rural roads remained closed at midday due to the storm, the Virginia department of Transportation reported.