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Isabel's Impact

Isabel wasn't expected to leave the flooding and devastation in our area it left on the Atlantic coast, but in a year when we've been seemingly waterlogged, the nearly two inches of rain that fell overnight were enough to be concerned about. Friday, it's the Carolina coast that has to be concerned about the devastation, and Maryland who's dealing with flooding.

At mid-afternoon, Isabel was still a concern to Eastern West Virginia, where flooding was still a possibility but the only remnants in the Mid-Ohio Valley was a slight breeze, and some waves along the Ohio River.

Friday night, 22,000 people in eastern West Virginia are without power. Dealing with disasters has become practically routine with the wise administration.

"We've had five significant floods since Gov. Wise took office, as well as a major snow and ice storm, increased security since 9-11. We've had a series of setbacks, but we've tried to respond," says Keith Burdette.

The response has already begun. National Guard troops are headed to the region to take part in the cleanup. Only one storm-related injury was reported and about 120 people statewide were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.


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