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County officials prepare for potentially severe weather

By From staff reports

Kanawha County emergency responders are preparing to deal with a long-weather event that could occur in the area as a result of Hurricane Sandy making its landfall early next week.

County officials participated in a conference call with the National Weather Service today to discuss possible scenarios, County Manager Jennifer Sayre said.

Staff members at the Metro 911 Center are busy checking all equipment to make sure everything is in working order, she said.

"Our emergency teams are on standby," Sayre said.

(Live blog of the megastorm.)

The county's swift-water rescue teams could also be mobilized to help with situations that could arise in areas where rainfall is predicted to be highest, she said. These areas will likely be in the northern portion of the state.

Residents in Kanawha County also need to make sure they have enough food and water to last for 72 hours, she said. Residents should also keep any medications they need on hand.

"We're asking people to check their generators if they have them to make sure they work," she said.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should also be checked.

As of Friday afternoon, it is too early to predict the hurricane's landfall, which could be anywhere from Norfolk, Va. to Connecticut.

If the storm continues along its current track, the weather event, which could include high winds, torrential rain and snow, could last from Monday night through Wednesday.

Under this scenario, Randolph and Pocahontas counties could see significant snow accumulation.

If the storm tracks south, a weeklong weather event could take place.

This could result in rainfall amounts of 6 inches and a significant amount of snow in the lowlands such as the Kanawha Valley. Possible blizzard conditions could occur in higher elevations with as much as 2 feet of snow accumulating.

Residents should stay tuned to local television and radio stations to receive the latest news on the storm.


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