The Times West Virginian

October 29, 2012

W.Va. emergency center in operation

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s emergency communications center is up and running at the state Capitol in Charleston as a complicated storm moves through the state.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin coordinated resources Monday with National Guard Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer and Jimmy Gianato, the state’s homeland security director.

Tomblin says officials are looking at a “three-punch storm.”

He says with rain and snow already falling, the threat of flooding is expected to increase in both panhandles, while two or more feet of snow is expected in mountainous counties like Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker. And high winds will likely buffet the state starting Monday afternoon, bringing the possibility of power outages.

Tomblin advised residents to stay off roads once high winds hit.