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Hurricane Sandy Brings Severe Weather Conditions to Preston, Taylor Counties

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Like many other mountain counties, thousands of people in Taylor and Preston Counties were without power after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy swept through Monday night.

Through those areas and along Route 50, fallen trees also blocked the roadway.

The Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Department worked to cut off tree limbs along Route 50, to keep the road as clear as possible.

But it was a risky job.

"911, they said if it wasn't an emergency, don't even worry about it. What we're running into is, you go saw a tree down, and next thing you know, one's falling right behind you," said Fellowsville firefighter Davis Swisher.

Traveling farther down 50, the trees thinned out, but the roads were even more snow-covered. Bus driver Robert Anderson was digging out the driveway to his home in case of an emergency, though he wasn't sure how much it would help.

"I do have a generator, and we're keeping warm and keeping the lights on, and all the necessities, but as far as getting out, I can get out of my driveway but I don't know how far I can go if I do," said Anderson.

The big port in the storm was Cool Springs Park. People were gathering there for a hot meal and supplies needed to weather the storm.

The business was more prepared to offer help this time, after experiencing problems during the derecho.

"We are fortunate that we have bigger generators now, so now we can pump gas. Back in July we were a little hampered there, so we can pump gas and things like that. There's not many places around that have that," said Cool Springs Park's Brad Castle.