Gov. Tomblin Declares Storm Emergency; Death Reported

UPDATED: 10/29/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Officials are reporting what may be the first West Virginia fatality from a storm packing high winds and heavy rain.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said one person was killed in a collision between a concrete truck and another vehicle Monday in Tucker County, where the storm produced wind and rain.

He also said at least 2,000 power customers were in the dark as weather conditions spurred by Hurricane Sandy entered the state.

Tomblin declared a state of emergency as forecasters warned of high wind throughout the state and blizzard conditions in at least 14 counties. Officials in the panhandles also were reporting flooding around small streams.

Officials expect conditions to worsen overnight. The governor briefed reporters at the state's emergency operations center in the state Capitol basement.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency ahead of the full brunt of a storm.

Tomblin on Monday opened a special communications center at the state Capitol in Charleston.

Monday's declaration came as Tomblin coordinated resources with National Guard Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer and Jimmy Gianato (juh-NETT), the state's homeland security director.

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

With rain and snow already falling, the threat of flooding is expected to increase in both panhandles. Two or more feet of snow is expected in mountainous counties such as Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker. And high winds will bring the possibility of power outages.

Tomblin advised residents to be ready for outages and to stay off roads once high winds hit.


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