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West Virginia National Guard preps for Hurricane Florence


Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia guardsmen man stations Tuesday as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Craig Hudson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As states along the East Coast ready for the potentially historic effects of Hurricane Florence, flexibility is key for the West Virginia National Guard’s efforts to minimize any damage state residents see from the storm, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer said Tuesday.

Gov. Jim Justice’s “State of Preparedness” declaration earlier Tuesday had two purposes, Hoyer, the state’s adjutant general, said during a news conference at the Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Charleston.

First, it was to get West Virginians to pay more attention to what weather conditions will be like throughout the state. Second, it allowed the Guard to position assets ahead of time — in this case, up to 50 guardsmen stationed throughout West Virginia.

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