RICHMOND (AP) -- President Barack Obama Tuesday declared an emergency for Virginia as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Obama's declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help state and local authorities respond to the storm.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said he was delighted the president signed the federal disaster declaration quickly.

He said that Virignia "dodged a bullet" and that the worst is over.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman Bob Spieldenner says officials were beginning to assess damage in coastal areas.

Northern Virginia is still being hit with rain and wind, while southwestern counties are bracing for snow.

The president also canceled a third straight day of campaigning because of the superstorm that battered the East Coast AP-WF-10-30-12 1217GMT

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