WVDHSEM, WVNG Morning UPDATE Winter Storm Harper

1/20/2019

WVDHSEM, WVNG January 20 Morning Update on Winter Storm Harper
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) and the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) continue to monitor weather and operations throughout the state with reports from county emergency managers. 
As of 9:00 a.m., the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has received situation reports from all counties in West Virginia. All county emergency operations centers are monitoring weather conditions and no county or jurisdiction has unmet needs. 
The West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways (WVDOH) report no major issues and road treatments are working. Drivers are urged to use caution as some secondary roads are still slick with a layer of ice under the snow.
WVDOH continues to coordinate with the WVDHSEM Watch Center, WVNG, and National Weather Service as the Districts perform preventive actions and respond to current conditions to treat roadways throughout the state. All 10 Districts of the state are active and monitoring weather/road conditions, supporting operations for local law enforcement and response agencies and maintaining support and communication with Departments of Transportation in surrounding states. 
The WVDOH Transportation Management Center is utilizing the statewide message board system, WV511 Drivesafe app, and social media to keep the traveling public informed of current road conditions or any incident that could disrupt the transportation system. As of this report, there are no problems or outstanding issues. The WVDOH will stay in contact with the WVDHSEM Watch Center throughout the day to report any changes.
All counties report wintry conditions and emergency operations centers remain on standby, monitoring weather, road conditions, hydrology reports and local utilities. 
 In Randolph County, there is a FLOOD WARNING for Tygart River at Mill Creek. As of 7:48 a.m., the river level was 11.7 feet with water reported in the roadway of County Route 39. There are currently no reports of water in homes or businesses.  
Power outages that were reported yesterday in Pocahontas County have been restored while minimal outages remain in Tucker, Fayette, Hampshire, Mercer, Mineral, Raleigh and Wyoming Counties with restoration expected by early afternoon.
In Berkeley County, the shelter at South Berkeley Fire Department has closed as weather conditions were not as severe as predicted. 
The entire state continues to be under various Winter Weather and Flooding Advisories, Watches, and Warnings. We urge individuals to monitor their weather situation via local television, radio, and news outlets, the National Weather Service and also by following WVDHSEM on social media at facebook.com/WVDHSEM or twitter.com/WVDHSEM for the most up-to-date information.
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For more information, contact the West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office at: (304) 561-6762 or email: holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil or WVDHSEM PIO: Lora D. Lipscomb, Public Information Officer Office: (304) 558-5380 or at lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov


Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer