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Obama declares Va. a major disaster after storm

Associated Press Published: July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a disaster in Virginia after severe weather and strong winds lashed the state a few weeks ago.

The disaster declaration orders federal aid to help the state and local recovery efforts. Virginia was hit by back-to-back storms from June 29 to July 1.

Straight-line winds of up to 80 miles were reported and hundreds of thousands of customers lost electricity. At least seven people were killed in the storms and a dozen hurt.