CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to prepare for potential severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy. The National Weather Service is forecasting that Hurricane Sandy will continue to move up the East Coast and inland over the next week. Although there is some uncertainty with the storm's final path, current forecasts predict rain, snow and strong winds could move into the state. The north central part of the state, the panhandles and the higher elevations are currently expected to be affected the most.
"This afternoon, I'm encouraging all West Virginians to begin preparing for the possibility of severe weather. I encourage folks to prepare by gathering batteries, flash lights, bottled water, non-perishable food items, blankets, medications, a battery-operated radio and other necessities during the next few days, and to make sure friends, family members and neighbors are also prepared," said Gov. Tomblin. "I will continue to monitor this storm very closely, and I will stay in close contact with our Office of Emergency Management Services to make sure our state is prepared should we experience hazardous conditions."
From the Division of Highways, West Virginia National Guard to our higher education institutions, state agencies remain vigilant to ensure public safety and are preparing for the storm. Several utility providers have indicated they too are preparing to respond.
For more information on how you can prepare, please visit: www.ready.wv.gov
Amy Shuler Goodwin