West Virginia Governor outlines state's response to Hurricane Florence

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CHARLESTON, W.Va._(WTAP) Governor Jim Justice Wednesday afternoon announced West Virginia's response plans for Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

The governor, in a statement, said the West Virginia National Guard and the Department of Military Affairs and Homeland Security are among the agencies mobilized for storm response.

At the same time, National Guard soldiers will be deployed to the expected hardest-hit areas-North and South Carolina and Virginia.

The state's new emergency operations center was officially opened at 8 A.M. Wednesday. The Homeland Security department will take part in daily conference calls with FEMA, and hold special briefings at 2 P.M. daily on the progress of the storm.

And the departments of Health and Human Services and division of Environmental Protection will respond to health and environmental issues.

The governor earlier this week issued a "State of Preparedness" in anticipation of the storm.