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Mr. McDonnell’s declaration set in motion preparation by numerous state agencies.

The Virginia National Guard was mobilizing troops and equipment. Virginia State Police and the agency’s swift water rescue team have been placed on stand-by and will be positioned to areas that are expected to be affected. The Virginia Department of Forestry prepared personnel to help with debris removal, while the state Department of Transportation has crews ready to clear roads.

• Associated Press writer Dena Potter contributed to this report from Richmond