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You have the weekend to see the replicas of the Pinta and Nina. The replicas of the historic ships have extended their stay at Haddad Riverfront Park through Sunday and will leave Monday morning, since Superstorm Sandy abbreviated the time that the public can tour them this week. The Pinta and the Nina were part of Columbus' fleet when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492. This week in Charleston, the replicas ended up with four inches of snow on their decks.
A West Virginia legislative candidate was killed in an accident related to superstorm Sandy. George Rose tells The Associated Press that his 60-year-old father, John Rose Sr., was checking fences on his deer farm in Barbour County on Tuesday when he was struck by a falling tree limb. He was a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates.
First the roofs of homes collapsed in Nicholas Country from the weight of the snow. On Wednesday, the total rose to eight after an apartment complex and four businesses caved in. Seventy-two people had to evacuate Summersville Manor after the roof of the apartment complex collapsed. Businesses with collapsed roofs include three grocery stores and a hardware store. Officials of course have a watchful eye on the situation in case there are others.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office offers some general Halloween safety tips as you head out tonight. Houses that are passing out candy should have porch lights on, and trick-or-treaters should approach only those houses. Some costumes are dark, so wear reflective clothing too and carry a flashlight. Parents should inspect candy before the kids eat it. The Sheriff's office also encourages kids to travel in groups with trusted adults and stay in well lit areas, because unfortunately, sexual predators can be an issue on Halloween.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office sends the reminder that there are extra Halloween Patrols on the roads. An extra 24 deputies are on patrol through today and they're in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism. They will be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot, and the sheriff's office says they have orders of "Zero Tolerance" for would-be vandals. Those found breaking the law will be arrested.
Throughout the state, a total of 26 shelters are open in Berkeley, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Upshur and Wyoming counties. And food is on the way. FEMA is bringing in 700,000 meals and 1.4 million liters of water that will be distributed across the state. In Kanawha County there are several shelters set up, Including Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville, Salvation Army at Roane and Tennessee Avenue in Charleston, and the Kanawha City Rec Center, all of which will be overnight shelters. The Hansford Center in St. Albans is also open as a shelter.
Some in West Virginia have power, but no internet. Frontier Communications, West Virginia's largest phone and Internet service provider, says it received more than 8,400 reports from customers about outages and other problems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. There are crews working on the problems now, and they're facing down trees and poor road conditions which complicate matters. But they're working to get the internet service restored as quickly as possible. Frontier has half a million customers in West Virginia.
First the state of emergency declared by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and then the federal disaster declaration from President Obama. West Virginia is seeing its share of trouble from Superstorm Sandy. Usually homes are safe haven during a snowstorm, but in Nicholas County on Tuesday the roofs on threee homes collapsed from the weight of the snow. West Virginia National Guard troops were called out to help residents get to shelters. All of those folks were okay. In Kanawha County there are several shelters set up, Including Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville, Salvation Army at Roane and Tennessee Avenue in Charleston, and the Kanawha City Rec Center, all of which will be overnight shelters. The Hansford Center in St. Albans is also open as a shelter.
It's a bit of a flashback from the summer, after the wind storms of June 29. More contractors from other states are being brought in to help restore power. Appalachian Power said on Tuesday they expected more than 400 contractors from states including Oklahoma and Texas, to help look over the damage done and restore power as quickly as possible.
Because of the weather, the this weekend's boys and girls high school state soccer tournament has been postponed. The state tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley. It's been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the same site.