- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is putting state resources at the ready ahead of potentially severe weather.

Tomblin issued his “state of preparedness” on Tuesday with the prospect of heavy rains, snow and the possibility of flooding on Wednesday. He says he’s mobilizing the West Virginia National Guard to assist.

Tomblin urged West Virginians to develop their own plans and to be mindful of neighbors and older residents if harsh weather arrives.

The state of preparedness statute was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources ahead of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats.

The powers are similar to those involved in a state of emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.

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