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W.Va. officials urge residents to prepare for storm

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia’s easternmost county are using the storm that is threatening the East Coast to remind residents to prepare for the worst.

Forecasters have said there is a good chance much of the coast will get hit with gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe even snow. Hurricane Sandy, now in the Caribbean, is expected merge with a winter storm and a blast of artic air, creating what forecasters are branding “Frankenstorm.”

Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Barbara Miller says residents should prepare for possible effects from the storm and the upcoming winter months.

Officials suggest having enough nonperishable food, water and supplies like batteries, hand-crank radios and flashlights on hand for themselves and their pets for at least a week.