FRED PACE, EDITOR
October 30, 2012
MADISON Hurricane Sandy dumped snow at least 6 inches of snow on parts of Boone County, knocking out power to many homes, closing schools and businesses, and even canceling trick or treat.
The Boone County Commission issued a storm warning with recorded telephone calls urging residents to be prepared for the storm by having plenty of food, water and other needed supplies. They advised residents to stay off of the roadways and to remain indoors, if possible.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency as residents deal with the effects from Hurricane Sandy. A winter storm warning was issued in Boone County through Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
Tomblin on Monday opened a special communications center at the state Capitol in Charleston.
Mondays declaration came as Tomblin coordinated resources with National Guard Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer and Jimmy Gianato, the states homeland security director.
Tomblin says officials are looking at a three-punch storm.
With rain and snow already falling, the threat of flooding is expected to increase in both panhandles, the governor said. Two or more feet of snow was expected in mountainous counties such as Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker. And high winds will bring the possibility of power outages.
Early Tuesday morning President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration for the state as well. This allows FEMA and Department of Homeland Security to offer relief to those hit hardest during this storm.
In Boone County, Bolt Mountain and other higher elevations were snow covered Monday and at least one car accident was reported.
Tomblin advised residents to be ready for outages and to stay off the roadways.
Boone County Sheriff Rodney A. Miller, Danville Mayor Mark McClure, Madison Mayor H.H. Howel, Jr. and Sylvester Mayor Manuel Arvon issued a joint press released rescheduling trick or treat for the unincorporated areas of Boone County and for the towns of Madison, Danville and Sylvester.
The original date of Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2012, was cancelled and trick or treat in Boone County and the municipalities has been reset for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 - 7 p.m.
This decision was made after consultation with the National Weather Service and discussions with the Mayors available by telephone this evening, said Sheriff Miller. In the event of hazardous weather this week as forecasted, Saturday can give citizens the ability to possibly recover from this storm.
Miller said the decision was made for the safety of Boone County children.
Forecasts called for more snow, rain, winds and freezing conditions possibly into Thursday. State and city workers continued to try to keep roadways and sidewalks cleared even as snow continued to fall on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
On Tuesday at noon Appalachian Power reported that 9,732 of its 12,938 customers in Boone County were without power, which was 75.2 percent. Across West Virginia, a total of 243,000 customers were without power as of Tuesday at noon.
Anyone that loses power should report it to Appalachian Power at 1-800-982-4237.
To keep updated on school closing visit the Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/county/all