Northern Virginia experienced heavy rains Thursday night into Friday morning as the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael moved through the area but other parts of Virginia were not so fortunate. At least five people are known to have died, according to a tally by the Virginia State Police.
In Charlotte County, a man drowned and a woman is missing after their car became stranded in high water on a bridge along Mt. Harmony Road. Rescuers found three occupants clinging to the bridge railing when they arrived on the scene Thursday night. A 17-year-old male was pulled to safety but two adults were swept away before rescuers could reach them. The man’s body was later recovered but the woman is still missing.
In Pittsylvania County, Virginia State Police responded to help locate James E. King Jr., 45, of Dry Fork, Va., who was swept away from his vehicle, which was caught in a flash flood. Despite the valiant efforts of a Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy and a local resident to rescue King, the floodwaters were too deep and too swift for them to maintain contact with him. At approximately 10:37 p.m., Special Agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and local volunteer firefighters located King’s remains downstream.