FEMA already on the ground in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency already has a team in West Virginia ahead of the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

Mary Ann Tierney, Administrator of FEMA Region 3, said they are here and have been involved in storm preparations with the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“We’ve been preparing all week and talking to emergency management about potential impacts. We’ll be monitoring through the weekend,” she said.

The storm’s track is coming out of the Carolinas, into Virginia, and expected to roll into West Virginia tonight and intensify on Saturday afternoon and evening.

“Today and tomorrow are really going to be the days we need to monitor which we will be doing vigilantly. If there’s any need for a response, we’re there to support the state. Afterward if we need to do damage assessment we can do that in conjunction with the state,” she said.

Tierney encouraged West Virginians to be prepared and stay alert and spend the weekend keeping tabs on neighbors who may be vulnerable to the potential of high water and flash flooding.

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