Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 30, 2012 @ 2:14PM
Created on October 30, 2012 @ 1:26PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday that his request for a presidential emergency declaration for the State of West Virginia has been granted. Much of the state is currently experiencing severe weather including high winds, flooding and blizzard-like conditions with power and water outages affecting many areas.
"As this storm continues to impact our state, I ask all residents to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency," Gov. Tomblin said. "Our local, state, and-with this emergency declaration-now federal emergency leaders are, working diligently to address the evolving needs of all West Virginians. I again, encourage West Virginians to remain calm, stay off the roads as much as possible, and check on your neighbors, family and friends."
The presidential emergency declaration allows FEMA to provide direct assistance to West Virginia, including measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety.
For continued State of Emergency, storm updates click here.
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