UPDATE at 1:30 p.m.:
Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Chesterfield on Friday afternoon to give an update on the impact of Tropical Storm Michael across the state.
State officials said Friday that 445,574 power utility customers in 107 localities were still without power and 1,500 roads were totally or partially closed.
As of 1:30, the outage website for Dominion Energy, the state's largest power company, said 341,745 of the company's 2.6 million customers were without power. That's down from a high of 585,000 earlier in the day.
In the Richmond and TriCities area, Dominion had 102,304 customers without power. Chesterfield had the highest number of outages locally with 30,474. Henrico had 17,624 and Richmond had 16,338.
The southeastern portion of the state had a higher number of outages with 159,098.
UPDATE at 11:42 a.m.: Police provide details on 5 storm-related deaths in Virginia
Five people were killed in Virginia as Tropical Storm Michael swept across the state.
According to Virginia State Police, the fatalities happened in Hanover County, Charlotte County, Pittsylvania County and the city of Danville.
State Police reported late Thursday that a Hanover County Fire-EMS crew member was killed about 9 p.m. when a tractor-trailer hit a firetruck that was helping at a crash scene on Interstate 295.
In Charlotte County, which is just south of Farmville, three people in a vehicle became stranded in high water on a bridge along Mt. Harmony Road. Local sheriff's deputies were able to pull a 17-year-old male to safety, but two other adults were swept away in rushing floodwater. The remains of a male adult have been recovered, but authorities continue to search for a missing adult female.
In Pittsylvania’s Mount Hermon community, the vehicle of James E. King Jr., 45, of Dry Fork was caught in a flash flood on Sandy Creek Road on Thursday afternoon. A Pittsylvania sheriff’s deputy and a local resident tried to rescue King, but “the floodwaters were too deep and too swift for them to maintain contact with him,” according to a news release. At 10:37 p.m., King's remains were found downstream.
Danville resident William Lynn Tanksley, 53, was swept away from his vehicle by flash flooding near the 100 block of Colonial Court, police reported.
His body will be transported to Roanoke for autopsy.
A second fatality occurred on Goodyear Boulevard at about 10:20 p.m. Police said the victim was stranded inside of a vehicle that was overrun floodwaters.
That victim identification is pending family notification.
The Danville Register & Bee contributed to this report.
UPDATED at 7:30 a.m.: 5 confirmed dead in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says there have been five Michael-related fatalities confirmed in the state.
A VDEM official said the state medical examiner is reporting five deaths in Virginia, four of them drownings. One of the drownings was in central Virginia, and the other three were in the western part of the state.
A man in Pittsylvania County drown when flash flooding swept his vehicle off a road.
Locally, in Hanover a firefighter lost his life when a tractor-trailer hit a firetruck on Interstate 295.
VDEM also said on Twitter this morning that as of 7 a.m. there are 520,000 people without power and 1,200 roads closed.
"The remnants of Tropical Storm Michael continue to impact large portions of the Commonwealth this morning. Flooding, down trees, closed roads, and debris will impact the morning commute and one-half million Virginians are without power this morning," VDEM tweeted.
The agency says there were five suspected tornadoes in Virginia.
In Richmond and the TriCities, power outages have come down slightly. In roughly the past hour, the number of customers without power had gone from more than 140,000 to 136,157.
The largest outages are in Chesterfield (37,178), Richmond (24,964) and Henrico (24,484). New Kent County, which has a significantly smaller population, has more than 9,000 customers without power.
UPDATED at 6:15 a.m.: 140,000 in Richmond area without power
More than 140,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power Friday morning after Tropical Storm Michael swept through the region.
That's down from 165,000 customers at 1 a.m.
Dominion was also reporting more than 200,000 customers without power in the Hampton Roads area. Virginia Beach had the most outages with more than 48,000.
Locally, Chesterfield had the most outages with 37,312 customers in the dark, followed by Henrico with 27,450.
Here's a list of Richmond and Tri-City area outages by county:
Charles City: 3,916
Colonial Heights: 546
New Kent: 9,144
Prince George: 1,868
UPDATED at 3 a.m.
A man was killed Thursday when flash flooding from Tropical Storm Michael swept his vehicle off a road in Pittsylvania County, and two people remain missing in Charlotte County after they were swept away.
In Pittsylvania’s Mount Hermon community, the vehicle of James E. King Jr., 45, of Dry Fork was caught in a flash flood on Sandy Creek Road about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police said in a news release early Friday. A Pittsylvania sheriff’s deputy and a local resident tried to rescue King, but “the floodwaters were too deep and too swift for them to maintain contact with him,” according to the news release.
State police special agents and local volunteer firefighters found his remains downstream about 10:30 p.m.
In addition, state police conducted rescue missions in Pittsylvania and Charlotte counties. They also are investigating the death of a firefighter killed in Hanover County when a tractor-trailer hit a firetruck that had been helping at a crash scene on Interstate 295.
In Charlotte County, state police responded about 7:30 to help the local Sheriff’s Office look for three people whose vehicle was swept from a bridge along Mount Harmony Road. One person was rescued, but as of 2 a.m. Friday authorities still were looking for the other two people.
Also in Pittsylvania, three volunteer firefighters were rescued after they were sent into the water when their boat capsized in a swollen stream in the Blairs community. State police divers responded about 8:45 p.m. The volunteer firefighters, who had been trying to rescue someone caught in rising waters on a bridge, were ejected from their boat when fast-moving water pushed it into the bridge, making it overturn.
State police troopers pulled two of the firefighters and the motorist to safety. Downstream, a resident pulled the third firefighter out of the water.
Virginia State Police said that in all, from 2 p.m. until midnight as Tropical Storm Michael struck the state, the agency responded to about 300 traffic crashes and 230 calls for debris and downed trees in the roadway.
The agency urged those in hard-hit areas to stay off the roads so crews can clear them faster.
For the latest in road conditions and closures, call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org.
1 a.m.: Tragedy in Hanover, and power outages tick up
Virginia State Police reported late Thursday that a Hanover County Fire-EMS crew member was killed about 9 p.m. when a tractor-trailer hit a firetruck that was helping at a crash scene on Interstate 295.
In Friday's early morning hours, power outages had increased to 165,510 customers of Dominion Energy in the Richmond region.
Chesterfield County had 46,773, followed by Henrico County with 37,338, the city of Richmond with 25,859 and Hanover County with 13,549.
Dominion also had significant numbers of customers without power elsewhere, including more than 42,000 in Virginia Beach, over 35,000 in Norfolk, nearly 15,000 in Gloucester County and about 7,000 in Halifax County.
You can see full Dominion outages here.
10:30 p.m.: Power outages
More than 160,000 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power.
A total of 162,253 customers are without power, as of 10:30 p.m. Chesterfield County has the most outages at 46,304 customers being without power.
In Henrico County, 41,285 customers don't have power while 24,104 Richmond customers are powerless.
10:05 p.m.: Flash flooding in Short Pump leads to 3-4 feet of water on Three Chopt Road
The National Weather Service is reporting that there is 3-4 feet of water on Three Chopt Road near John Rolfe Parkway in Short Pump as a result of flash flooding.
All lanes of I-295 south are closed at Exit 43 in Hanover County, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. The ramps from I-95 north and south to I-295 south (Exit 84 A) are also closed.
A total of 156,369 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 10:05 p.m.
9:45 p.m.: I-295 south in Hanover closed due to crash
The Virginia Department of Transportation has indefinitely closed all lanes of I-295 south near exit 41 in Hanover County because of a car accident.
All lanes on I-85 south near the I-95 interchange in Petersburg are closed because of a crash and downed trees, VDOT said, telling travelers to expect delays.
In an earlier incident on I-195, a Richmond Fire Department vehicle lost a hose near the Laburnum exit. The hose was lost in the middle of the highway and caused a minor disruption.
A total of 146,771 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 9:45 p.m.
9:20 p.m.: More than 200,000 Virginians without power, most in Richmond region
More than 200,000 Virginians are without power Thursday night as Tropical Storm Michael continues to hit the state.
State officials said 202,000 people are without power. In the Richmond region, 131,162 Dominion Energy customers are powerless, as of 9:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service is reporting flash flooding in Dinwiddie County at several locations on U.S. Route 1 and in Midlothian along Otterdale Road.
9 p.m.: Flash flooding in Chester; Person rescued in Hanover
The National Weather Service reported flash flooding in Chester at the intersection of Bottom Spring Road and Ramblewood Drive.
Hanover County emergency officials said in an 8:26 p.m. tweet that it had rescued a person from a structural collapse on the 13000 block of Canterbury Road. Officials could not confirm whether or not anyone was injured.
County officials have also closed multiple roads. In Hanover, Creighton Road at the Henrico County line is closed because of high water. The Mechanicsville Turnpike at Arnold Road is closed because of power lines being on the road.
Chesterfield police said areas of western Hull Street, Genito Road, Otterdale Road, Moseley Road and Skin Quarter Road are "mostly impassable with numerous trees down."
8:45 p.m.: Water rescues around Richmond as Tropical Storm Michael hits region
Numerous roads are closed around Richmond because of flash flooding.
The National Weather Service is reporting that water rescues are "ongoing." NWS also said there is flash flooding on Mosby Street near the Mosby Express Mart.
A total of 76,722 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 8:45 p.m.
8: 15 p.m.: Roof blown off in James City County
A roof was blown off in James City County by a tornado, the National Weather Service is reporting.
The roof being blown off was near Candlestick Station. A specific location and structure was not given.
It is unclear if the roof incident stems from the same tornado that caused a tree to go through a house near the Williamsburg Outlet Mall.
NWS is also reporting trees being down, including some on houses, in Gloucester near 9389 Cube Road.
A total of 59,108 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 8:15 p.m.
8:05 p.m.: Amelia County tornado leads to downed tress; more than 50,000 without power
Multiple trees are down in Amelia County because of a tornado.
The National Weather Service is reporting that a tornado caused multiple trees to fall, in addition to some structural damage in the county, which experienced the first reported tornado in the region caused by Tropical Storm Michael.
A total of 50,506 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 8:05 p.m.
7:35 p.m.: Possible tornado makes tree fall through house near Williamsburg
The National Weather Service is reporting that a tree fell through a house near Williamsburg as a result of a possible tornado.
The incident on Arthur Hill Road near the Williamsburg Outlet Mall is the first reported tornado damage in the region caused by Tropical Storm Michael.
A total of 13,430 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power, as of 7:35 p.m.
7:20 p.m.: More than 12,000 without power in Richmond region
More than 12,000 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power.
A total of 12,145 customers are without power, as of 7:20 p.m. Goochland County has the most outages with 5,146 customers in the dark.
Powhatan County has 3,155 customers without power while 3,024 Henrico County customers are powerless.
7:05 p.m.: More than 9,000 without power in Richmond region
More than 9,000 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power.
A total of 9,429 customers are without power, as of 7:05 p.m. Powhatan County has the most outages with 3,120 customers in the dark.
Henrico County has 2,944 customers without power while 2,664 Goochland County customers are powerless.
7 p.m.: Nearly 5,000 without power in Richmond region
Nearly 5,000 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power.
A total of 4,717 customers are without power, as of 7 p.m. Powhatan County has the most outages with 2,895 customers in the dark.
Goochland County has 814 outages, while 660 customers in Chesterfield County are powerless.
In Prince Edward County, the National Weather Service is reporting that water is entering homes, businesses and government buildings.
6:15 p.m.: More than 1,000 without power in Richmond region
More than 1,000 Dominion Energy customers in the Richmond region are without power.
A total of 1,128 customers are without power, as of 6:15 p.m. Powhatan County has 306 outages, the most of any area locality.
Chesterfield County has 161 outages.
5:45 p.m.: National Weather Service confirms tornado in Amelia County
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Scott's Fork in southern Amelia County.
The agency said a tornado is "on the ground." The county is under tornado warning until 6 p.m.
NWS issued a flash flood warning for Goochland County, Mineral and Buckner until 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.: Flooding closes US-360 in Amelia County
Flash flooding has closed the Patrick Henry Highway (US-360) at Amelia Avenue in Amelia County.
Amelia, along with portions of Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties, is under tornado warning until 6 p.m.
5:15 p.m.: Reports of flooding in Farmville as Michael makes way toward Richmond
There are reports of flash flooding on several roads throughout Prince Edward County.
Tropical Storm Michael is making its way toward Richmond after hitting more western parts of Virginia earlier Thursday.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said it has received reports of downed trees in Lunenburg and Mecklenburg counties.
Richmond city offices closing early in anticipation of Michael
Richmond is closing its government offices at 3 p.m. in anticipation of the effects of Tropical Story Michael.
Mayor Levar Stoney has ordered a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center, effective at 3 p.m. at the Richmond Ambulance Authority on 2400 Hermitage Road.
“I urge all residents and city employees to exercise caution and common sense,” Stoney said in a statement. “This has the potential to become a significant weather event. The city will be prepared, and I urge all of you to be prepared, be smart and stay safe.”
Northam declares state of emergency in preparation of Michael
Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the impacts from Tropical Storm Michael.
“As Tropical Storm Michael turns to the Commonwealth, I want to urge all Virginians to prepare for the serious possibility of flash floods, tropical storm force winds, tornadoes, and power outages,” Northam said in a 1 p.m. press release. “I am declaring a state of emergency in order to provide state assets to Virginians and to assist our neighbors in states who are dealing with the devastating effects of this historic storm."
He added: "My thoughts are with all those along with the Gulf Coast and my administration will continue our outreach to governors and state agencies where Hurricane Michael has produced widespread damage.”
Virginia Capitol Police said Thursday afternoon that executive branch state agencies in the region are closing at 2 p.m. The state capitol and the Pocahontas Building are also closing then, the latest closures in preparation for the weather.
Most Richmond-area school districts are sending students home early and have canceled after-school activities with the expected severe weather.
No school district has canceled school for Friday, as of 1 p.m. Thursday.
VDOT crews ready to respond to Michael