RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Virginia to aid in the support of relief efforts in states affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The announcement of Executive Order 60, made Thursday afternoon, authorizes Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Motor Vehicles to grant temporary exemptions to all carriers traveling through Virginia, transporting emergency relief supplies or restoring utilities to those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

“While current forecasts indicate that Virginia will be spared of the worst impacts of Hurricane Matthew, I want to emphasize the importance to Virginians of preparing for the possibility of some hurricane-related rains and minor flooding, primarily in coastal areas,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Even if this storm misses Virginia, we have a responsibility to our sister states to facilitate efforts to respond to this disaster and keep families safe. This order will help get crews, equipment and relief supplies into the states most-impacted by Matthew, and we stand ready to provide additional resources as necessary.

“Finally, I want to thank the members of our Commonwealth’s two urban search and rescue teams, Virginia Task Force One and Virginia Task Force Two, who were dispatched to Florida last night at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These men and women are among the world’s most elite emergency response teams, and Dorothy and I will continue to pray for their safety along with all of the families and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.”