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West Virginia under State of Preparedness with heavy rainfall expected

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ahead of expected heavy rainfall and high winds across the state, Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Preparedness for all 55 West Virginia counties on Thursday.

The National Weather Service forecast is predicting heavy precipitation, high winds, and potential flooding for parts of the state, which could threaten the health and safety of many West Virginians. Gov. Justice urges citizens to take this potentially hazardous weather seriously and plan accordingly.

For Upshur County, the NWS expects rain through Saturday before tapering off Saturday night. A flood watch is in effect for Buckhannon through Saturday afternoon.

“Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible,” the NWS advises. “Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.”

The wind is expected to pick up Saturday as temperatures drop from 73 in the afternoon to 39 at night.

“Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph are expected on Saturday as a cold front moves through, with isolated higher gusts possible,” according to the National Weather Service.

The State of Preparedness allows the West Virginia Emergency Management Division to posture personnel and resources for quick response to any emergency that may develop. Coordinating agencies have been placed on standby to report to the State Emergency Operations Center should the need arise.

Leading up to and through the duration of this weather event, the National Weather Service is providing updates for state agencies and local partners. EMD liaisons will report conditions from each county while working closely with local emergency management agencies.

Justice and the WVEMD ask all West Virginians to remain attentive to weather conditions through local media reports and follow any instructions issued by emergency officials.

For updates, follow WVEMD on social media: www.facebook.com/WVEMD and www.twitter.com/wvemd.

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