- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest on drenching rains and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin threatening the East Coast and Virginia.

6:15 p.m.

The Navy has told its sailors in Virginia to prepare to move out of port within 48 hours if Hurricane Joaquin approaches Hampton Roads.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command issued the order on Wednesday.

Virginia is home to the world’s largest naval base and is the home port for every East Coast-based aircraft carrier. Navy bases in Virginia are also home to submarines, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, among others.

Navy officials have also told installations in the Hampton Roads to area to begin preparing for sustained, destructive winds within 72 hours. Initial efforts include securing hazards throughout each installation and removing debris from drainage areas.

6 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency for Virginia. That allows public safety officials to respond to flooding from unrelenting rainfall Tuesday and the prospect of more extreme weather over the coming days - perhaps up to 10 inches of rain.

McAuliffe cautioned Virginians of the potential of devastating weather.

“I cannot stress enough the imperative for Virginians to focus on the rainstorms that are headed our way tomorrow and Friday, well before Hurricane Joaquin could potentially impact Virginia,” he said.

The governor added that he has instructed his secretary of public safety and homeland security “to make every preparation for a major event Thursday and Friday.”

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