RICHMOND (AP) -- Three people, including a child in Newport News, have been killed by falling trees toppled by Hurricane Irene.
Chesterfield County police say the victim was a man who was in a house with six other adults when it was hit by a tree. Police spokesman Dave Goode says the man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, where he died.
A woman in the house also was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, Goode said, and the others at the home were receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
Earlier Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said a tree fell across a car around 2 p.m. Saturday, killing 67-year-old James Blackwell of Brodnax. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
In Newport News, an 11-year-old boy was killed when a tree crashed through his apartment.
At a Saturday night briefing from Richmond, the governor said 80 mph sustained winds coming at the same time as high tide are going to produce record storm surges of up to 8 feet.
McDonnell said massive flooding is expected later in the evening and over the next few days as rivers crest.
Nearly 800,000 customers are without power and more than 100 roads are closed statewide.
Up to 9 inches of rain had fallen over most areas of Hampton Roads, with up to 15 inches expected. McDonnell said some areas along Route 460 already had reported 16 inches of rain.
As of 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Dominion Virginia Power's website reported 372,000 of those customers are in the Richmond metropolitan area, and 304,000 are in southeastern Virginia. More than 43,000 in the Gloucester-Northern Neck area had no electricity Saturday afternoon.
Dominion says more than 5,000 workers are ready to respond to the outages.
Virginia's electric cooperatives say another 28,431 of their 524,000 customers in the state also are without power. Most of those outages are in the eastern and southern parts of the state.