The Associated Press
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for three West Virginia counties as Hurricane Sandy heads for the Atlantic Coast.
The hurricane is expected to clash with a winter system, dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. The winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday night to Tuesday morning in Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin urged West Virginians to prepare by gathering batteries, flashlights, bottled water, nonperishable foods and other necessities. He said highway crews, the National Guard and utility crews are preparing to respond.
The West Virginia Red Cross said it also is mobilizing volunteers and getting shelters, relief supplies and disaster response vehicles ready.