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McDonnell: Virginia ‘very blessed’ that storm damage was not worse

  • A resident on the 1100 block of Evarts St. NE removes debris left by a downed tree caused by hurricane Sandy, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The effects of hurricane Sandy have impacted many in the DC area.  (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)A resident on the 1100 block of Evarts St. NE removes debris left by a downed tree caused by hurricane Sandy, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The effects of hurricane Sandy have impacted many in the DC area. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • One man found dead in his home last night after a tree fell onto his house and went though his living room, Pasadena, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
One man found dead in his home last night after a tree fell onto his house and went though his living room, Pasadena, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Flooding in Old Town Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • John O'Leary, 41, from Annapolis, Md., feeds the ducks from  Armadillos restaurant front door at Dock St. which had nearly a foot and half of water, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
John O'Leary, 41, from Annapolis, Md., feeds the ducks from Armadillos restaurant front door at Dock St. which had nearly a foot and half of water, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Tom Hershenson, a resident of D.C., peers over to a sink hole which is roped off on the 1900 block of Biltmore St NW., in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Wind and heavy rain from hurricane Sandy caused the sink hole to open, making it a dangerous area for residents. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times) Tom Hershenson, a resident of D.C., peers over to a sink hole which is roped off on the 1900 block of Biltmore St NW., in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Wind and heavy rain from hurricane Sandy caused the sink hole to open, making it a dangerous area for residents. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • People pass by a fallen tree on 14th Street SW on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)People pass by a fallen tree on 14th Street SW on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • The National Guard blocks Compromise St. which flooded,  Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
The National Guard blocks Compromise St. which flooded, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Noreen B., 15, from Annapolis, Md., walks through flooded Dock St. in downtown Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
Noreen B., 15, from Annapolis, Md., walks through flooded Dock St. in downtown Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • James McConnon, 5, of Alexandria, Va., crosses King Street by way of flood water, as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)James McConnon, 5, of Alexandria, Va., crosses King Street by way of flood water, as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • A tree removal worker walks with a chain saw past the large tree that came down across the street on Cameron Mills in the Beverley Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. following Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. This neighborhood still has no power, but fortunately no one was hurt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)A tree removal worker walks with a chain saw past the large tree that came down across the street on Cameron Mills in the Beverley Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. following Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. This neighborhood still has no power, but fortunately no one was hurt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • A huge tree crashed into this home on South Overlook in the Beverley Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. during Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately no one inside the home was hurt. This image was made Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)A huge tree crashed into this home on South Overlook in the Beverley Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. during Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately no one inside the home was hurt. This image was made Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • John O'Leary, 41, from Annapolis, Md., looks out of Armadillos restaurant front door at Dock St. which had nearly a foot and half of water, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
John O'Leary, 41, from Annapolis, Md., looks out of Armadillos restaurant front door at Dock St. which had nearly a foot and half of water, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Storm Bros. Owner, Sveinn Storm, from Annapolis, Md., removes water from his store along Dock St. in downtown Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
Storm Bros. Owner, Sveinn Storm, from Annapolis, Md., removes water from his store along Dock St. in downtown Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Autumn Orme, of Hyattsville, Md., poses for a friend on a fallen tree on 14th Street SW, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Autumn Orme, of Hyattsville, Md., poses for a friend on a fallen tree on 14th Street SW, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • A man passes by a fallen tree on 14th Street SW on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)A man passes by a fallen tree on 14th Street SW on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Cable TV worker Fred Harris does maintenance on lines in this 2012 photo. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Cable TV worker Fred Harris does maintenance on lines in this 2012 photo. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Sofie Lamartin, 22, from Annapolis, Md., left, walks with Erik Dronberger, 27, from Annapolis Md., walks though flooded Dock St., Annapolis Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 
Sofie Lamartin, 22, from Annapolis, Md., left, walks with Erik Dronberger, 27, from Annapolis Md., walks though flooded Dock St., Annapolis Md., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm left early a foot and half of water along Dock St. but the stores are more worried about the tide which rises at 5:45pm and could bring another two feet of water. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Red Cross volunteer Julie Tarascio wipes down one of the cots in the Lee District REC Center in Alexandria, Va., which served as an animal-friendly shelter for people needing to evacuate their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. They said they had about 23 people stay here Monday night, the youngest of which was 7 weeks old. This image was made Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Red Cross volunteer Julie Tarascio wipes down one of the cots in the Lee District REC Center in Alexandria, Va., which served as an animal-friendly shelter for people needing to evacuate their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. They said they had about 23 people stay here Monday night, the youngest of which was 7 weeks old. This image was made Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Workers with Zamudio's Complete Tree Service load branches from a downed tree into a shredder on Cameron Mills in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy brought down two large trees here, one of which fell across the street. The trees took down the power lines. Fortunately no one was hurt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Workers with Zamudio's Complete Tree Service load branches from a downed tree into a shredder on Cameron Mills in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy brought down two large trees here, one of which fell across the street. The trees took down the power lines. Fortunately no one was hurt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Mayor Vince Gray hugs a resident affected by hurricane Sandy, on Evarts St NE, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mayor Gray surveys the damage as part of his job as Mayor of D.C., to ensure residents are taken care of. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)Mayor Vince Gray hugs a resident affected by hurricane Sandy, on Evarts St NE, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mayor Gray surveys the damage as part of his job as Mayor of D.C., to ensure residents are taken care of. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Mayor Vince Gray visits a resident affected by hurricane Sandy, where a downed tree has blocked the road on Evarts St NE, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mayor Gray surveys the damage as part of his job as Mayor of D.C., to ensure residents are taken care of. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)Mayor Vince Gray visits a resident affected by hurricane Sandy, where a downed tree has blocked the road on Evarts St NE, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mayor Gray surveys the damage as part of his job as Mayor of D.C., to ensure residents are taken care of. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • A man passes by and navigates past O'Connell's Restaurant General Manager Doug Gruenberg (right) as he sweeps small debris from the sidewalk in front of his restaurant as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)A man passes by and navigates past O'Connell's Restaurant General Manager Doug Gruenberg (right) as he sweeps small debris from the sidewalk in front of his restaurant as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • Elizabeth Davis, of Alexandria, Va., makes a photo of the flooded street from her table inside the Starbucks at the corner of King and S. Union Streets as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)Elizabeth Davis, of Alexandria, Va., makes a photo of the flooded street from her table inside the Starbucks at the corner of King and S. Union Streets as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • A girl walks in the flood water on King Street as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)A girl walks in the flood water on King Street as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • James McConnon, 5, (left) and his sister Ryan McConnon, 7, of Alexandria, Va., play in the flood waters on King Street as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)James McConnon, 5, (left) and his sister Ryan McConnon, 7, of Alexandria, Va., play in the flood waters on King Street as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
  • A woman stands at the corner of King and S.Union Streets as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)A woman stands at the corner of King and S.Union Streets as people venture out to survey the damage in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. Flood water in Old Town is slightly higher than normal after a heavy rain. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that, while there was still clean-up to do, the worst of Hurricane Sandy had passed through the state and the commonwealth was "very blessed" that the damage was not as extensive as in places like New Jersey and New York.Virginia 'very b

"We are in the recovery period now in Virginia," Mr. McDonnell said at a Tuesday news conference.

He confirmed there were two storm-related fatalities in central Virginia.

At the peak, more than 200,000 customers were without power across the state, many of them in Northern Virginia. As of Tuesday afternoon, Dominion reported fewer than 80,000 outages, though nearly 75,000 outages remained in Northern Virginia.

Mr. McDonnell said the power companies anticipate that power will be "virtually fully restored by Thursday night." He also extended end-of-month deadlines for renewing licenses and permits, including drivers' licenses, to Nov. 9.

Mr. McDonnell said he was authorizing local registrars to stay open for up to an additional eight hours to accommodate would-be absentee voters who did not get a chance to vote Monday or Tuesday.

He participated in a conference call Tuesday with President Obama, who granted his request for an expedited federal emergency declaration for the state, which allows the federal government to assist with storm-related clean-up.

"When you have natural disasters, partisanship goes out the window," Mr. McDonnell said. "Nobody's concerned about politics when it comes to the weather."

He said that he's also reached out to harder-hit states like New York and New Jersey and that "we'll be providing whatever they need in terms of material and personnel and equipment."

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