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Guard ready to assist with W.Va. storm response

Oct. 29, 2012 @ 08:10 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for the West Virginia National Guard says its members are ready to respond to this week’s storm.

Lt. Col. Dave Lester says the National Guard is participating with other state agencies on twice-daily conference calls to ensure their response efforts are in synch.

A blizzard warning is posted in 10 southeastern and eastern counties with as much as 2 feet of snow possible on the highest ridge tops. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are likely Monday and Tuesday in eight eastern counties. Flooding also is possible in both panhandles and portions of northern West Virginia.

Lester says Guard members have been told to be prepared to respond to a variety of weather events.