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US Homeland Security chief due in W.Va.

Nov. 03, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The nation’s homeland security chief is heading to West Virginia to get a briefing on Superstorm Sandy.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is scheduled to meet in Charleston on Saturday with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and other West Virginia leaders.

Tomlin said the state still has many families in need. About 95,000 customers were without power late Friday, according to the governor’s office.

About 20 percent of Barbour and Randolph counties in the north-central part were especially hit hard by heavy snowfall. Officials said they’re worried about elderly and ill people who have been isolated since Monday.

State officials have declared six deaths linked to the storm.