EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHURRICANE SANDY UPDATE
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West Virginia Braces For Effects Of Hurricane Sandy
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 29, 2012 8:41 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012 8:50 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A blizzard warning has been expanded to at least 14 counties in West Virginia.
The National Weather Service has added Greenbrier, Pendleton and portions of Grant and Mineral counties to the list of those that will get high winds and heavy, wet snow, including as much as 2 feet on the highest ridge tops.
Also included in the blizzard warning through Wednesday morning are Fayette, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Tucker, Webster and Wyoming counties.
Mercer, Summers and Monroe counties are under a winter storm warning for up to 8 inches of snow.
The weather service says eastern parts of the state can expect to get 2 to 6 inches of rain.
Schools are closed in at least 11 counties Monday as the massive storm moves through the state.
Meanwhile, Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre said the Kanawha County Emergency Management Team has been tracking the storm event that is affecting the eastern portion of the United States. Throughout the weekend, members of the team participated in weather briefings with the National Weather Service and the state of West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
At this time, Sayre said, two scenarios have been presented: 1) a rain event that will increase Monday night into Tuesday and could produce 3 to 5 inches of rain and could result in some flooding beginning Wednesday 2) a snow event that will begin early Tuesday morning and could result in 1-6 inches of heavy wet snow.
Sayre said the snow event would likely result in power outages throughout Kanawha County.
The county manager encouraged the public to prepare for this event. If you have a generator, please test it to make sure it is proper working order. Do not bring your generator inside your residence or garage. It needs to remain outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Go ahead and change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector. Prepare your emergency kit and make sure you have supplies for at least 72 hours. This would include drinking water, batteries, flashlights, non-perishable foods, a manual can opener, emergency contact information and medications.
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