By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
When the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, many people were concerned.
After all, almost a year ago West Virginia was struck by a “derecho,” a massive windstorm that left thousands without power for days as rescue and utility workers struggled to clean up the mess it made.
Marion County 911 and Homeland Security and Emergency Management prepared for the worst Wednesday evening and, between their preparation and a weaker-than-expected storm, had the county ready to go again by morning.
“We dodged it,” said Chris McIntire, director of Marion County Homeland Security.