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Tomblin and Manchin Tour Areas Hardest Hit By Storm

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BUCKHANNON -

Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hit the road for a second day Thursday to assess the damage from the super storm.

Tomblin and Manchin started in Upshur County to meet with local emergency management officials.

They toured some of the hardest hit areas to tell folks help is on the way.

Tomblin said the best progress has been made in restoring power.

Power outages dropped from 500,000 customers to 150,000 as of Thursday morning.

Tomblin plans to seek a federal disaster declaration for the state.

"This will just give us more resources at the state level to get down to the local level to help people get back on their feet," said Tomblin.

Division of Highway crews have been working all over the state along with National Guard members to work in removing debris so power companies can get in to restore power.

Manchin has been told this has been the earliest, largest, heaviest, wettest snowfall in the state.

"People are still shut in and have no contact, we're hoping their safe and that neighbors are checking on one another," said Manchin.

Tomblin and Manchin also met with emergency management officials in Barbour, Randolph, and Tucker counties.