CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit West Virginia Saturday morning for a briefing on the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy earlier this week.
Napolitano will join Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Reps. Nick Rahall and Shelley Moore Capito and other state and local officials at the National Guard Armory on Coonskin Drive, where they will discuss the effect recent severe weather events have had on West Virginia.
Tomblin said the state still has many families in need. About 95,000 customers were without power late Friday, according to the governor's office.
Napolitano will also participate in a video teleconference with some of the affected counties.
Earlier this week, Napolitano called Charleston Mayor Danny Jones to discuss how the city was coping after receiving a surprise October snowstorm.
"She's really concerned about what's going on here," Jones said Wednesday.
Jones believes Napolitano is very in tune with how disasters are handled because of her experience as a Democratic governor of Arizona.
"Whatever your politics are, you have to say she understands issues like what we're dealing with," Jones, a Republican, said. "When it's a domestic situation like this, she's a good one to have on the job."