- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2011

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor has declared a state of emergency following powerful storms that killed at least eight people and left thousands of customers without electricity.

Gov. Bob McDonnell issued the emergency declaration Thursday morning. It authorizes state agencies to assist local officials in response and recover efforts.

Emergency officials say seven people in Washington County were killed when a storm hit a truck stop and several residences in the Glade Spring area around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Several other people were injured and several are missing.

Another fatality occurred in Halifax County, where a woman’s body was found in a road. Several other people were injured.

Storms in Shenandoah County injured one person and caused significant damage.

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