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Justice declares state of emergency for all 55 counties

CHARLESTON — As a result of widespread flooding throughout the state, Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for all 55 West Virginia counties early Saturday morning.

Locally, up to 3 inches of torrential rain fell during the day on Friday, forcing road closures, vehicle accidents and power outages.

The National Weather Service still has much of Monongalia, Marion and Preston counties under a flood warning with rain and snow, in the higher elevations, expected to continue throughout the weekend.

According to the statement released by the governor’s office, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now on enhanced watch status and will continue to monitor the situation. The EOC will be fully activated if necessary. The West Virginia National Guard has also been notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.