Raleigh County Emergency Officials Urging Residents To Be Prepared For Florence

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Beckley-Raleigh County Emergency Management continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence. As the forecast continues to change the course of the storm and the timeframe for impacting our area, it is important that all residents stay prepared for potential flooding and power outages. We encourage you to check your 72-hour disaster supply kits for proper water, non-perishable food and other needed supplies. If you do not have a kit now is the time to prepare before the storm arrives.

This office is working closely with local government officials in preparation for this event. City of Beckley Street Department along with the Raleigh County Department of Highways are both diligently working on cleaning any storm drains and culverts that may have clogged up during the rain event earlier this week.

Due to the possibility of strong winds associated with the hurricane, Appalachian Power Company has been doing daily updates on their current situations and their prearranged action plans.

Emergency Management personnel are working with various volunteer organizations in the area to help set up and manage shelters. Authorized Emergency Shelters are in standby mode and will be opened if the need arises. Once a shelter is opened by the County’s Emergency Manager, notices will be sent out to the media on the location of the shelter. Currently, in Raleigh County there are NO shelters opened at this time.

Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the changing weather pattern of Hurricane Florence throughout the weekend and plan on sending out daily updates throughout the course of the storm. In case of power outage be sure to have some type of battery radio to stay informed. Press releases will be sent out to all news and radio media outlets.

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Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. You can follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email him at tbarker@woay.com