RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday afternoon, due to the effects of a nor'easter churning off the coast.

The order essentially allows state and local government agencies to provide help to communities dealing with damage from the high winds.

The emergency declaration is made whenever there is a potential danger to people and property.

At least two people have died as a result of falling trees on Friday.

In James City County, police said one man died after wind toppled a tree onto a truck. In Chester, local media report a 6-year-old boy died after a tree fell on his home.

The wind also led to widespread power outages, prompted school closures, snarled traffic and closed bridges.

Hundreds of flights were also canceled at airports throughout the region.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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