RICHMOND, Va.-Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.
McAuliffe expressed relief Friday about the hurricane's current trajectory to veer out to sea. He added that the state is ready to handle the expected torrential rains over the coming days.
The governor declared a state of emergency earlier this week when there was a stronger possibility that Joaquin would slam Virginia's coast.
"We dodged a bullet this week," McAuliffe said.
The governor also noted that the heavy rains will mean flooding in the Hampton Roads area, a regular problem he said is being exacerbated by climate change.