VIRGINIA -- Five people are dead, more than 500,000 are without power and 1,000 plus roads are closed after remnants of Michael passed through the southern Virginia area late Thursday into early Friday morning.
The Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management tweeted as of 7 a.m. Friday five are dead, 520,000 people are without power and 1,200 roads are closed. Five suspected tornadoes were also reported.
According to police, one person drowned Thursday morning and another person remains missing in Charlotte County after police responded to a vehicle stranded in high water on a bridge along Mt. Harmony Road. Three people inside the car were clinging to the railing of the bridge and police were able to get a 17-year-old male to safety. However, an adult man and woman were swept away in the floodwaters. The body of the man was recovered and the woman remains missing.
In Pittsylvania County, a 45-year-old man from Dry Fork, Va. was swept away in his vehicle. James E. King was caught in a flash flood in the 600 block of Sandy Creek Road around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Both police and a local resident attempted to rescue King, but floodwaters prevented them and his remains were found downstream on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, in Hanover County, a firefighter died when his fire engine stopped on I-295 to render aid to a two-vehicle crash. A tractor-trailer rear-ended the engine and struck four firefighters. Bradford Clark, 43, of Mechanicsville, Va., died at the scene. Two other firefighters were transported with life-threatening injuries and a fourth firefighter was treated at the scene.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Lester Labarge, 49, of California, Md., was also transported for treatment of serious injuries. Additionally, he was charged with reckless driving and was cited for defective brakes. The crash remains under investigation.
Two other people died in Danville.
The remnants of the storm continue to impact southern parts of Virginia Friday morning with flooding, downed trees, closed roads and debris.
Road closures and downed trees were also an issue in the immediate D.C. metro area overnight and into the early morning.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is asking drivers to adjust their driving to road conditions and reminding them not to drive across flooded roads.
Drivers can call 511 for the latest road conditions.