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Task Force West Virginia prepares for storm impact – Huntington Herald Dispatch

Task Force West Virginia prepares for storm impact – Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON – Although Hurricane Florence was relegated to a tropical storm on Friday night, preparations in West Virginia are continuing to reduce the potential impact of the storm on the mountain state as it shifts inland the coast of Carolina.

Government Jim Justice was informed Friday by officials at the West Virginia National Guard Joint Operations Center about the state's efforts to prepare for the rain that is still on its way along with other related weather conditions.

As of Friday, the National Weather Service in Charleston predicted 2 to 4 inches of rain in the greater part of West Virginia, with potential for heavier rains in the southern and eastern part of the state, depending on the path of the storm. The rain is expected to begin already on Saturday evening in the south of West Virginia. The consequences of heavy rainfall, tornado & gusts and wind gusts are expected to spread to the south from Sunday to Sunday.

The storm itself will head north on Saturday and take its way through eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, eventually in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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