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Possible high winds prompt emergency standby in Kanawha

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County emergency officials were put on alert Tuesday after the National Weather Service predicted a storm with high winds could move through the area.

The National Weather Service in Charleston warned Tuesday evening of a slight risk of damaging winds Wednesday as a line of strong showers and thunderstorms move through the area, ahead of a cold front. The NWS did not specify what time  the showers or thunderstorms might hit the Kanawha County area.   

Dale Petry, director of emergency services for Kanawha County, said his team is on standby should conditions get dangerous. The county is trying to be more proactive than reactive after the unexpected summer derecho windstorm tore through the state June 29.

"I would rather tell someone something is coming and to be ready than wish I would have said something," Petry said.

Emergency officials were put on standby before superstorm Sandy and that helped in their response, he said.


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