500,000 without power in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Powerful storms that swept through West Virginia have left an estimated half-million residents without power.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency late Friday for all of West Virginia.

Tomblin's office said the storm left people without power in at least 27 of the state's 55 counties.

Thousands were also left in the dark in the Big Sandy region of Eastern Kentucky due to the high winds.

With temperatures expected to approach 100 degrees on Saturday, Tomblin urged residents to check on friends and neighbors who may need help.

Seniors at risk from extreme heat should seek help if they're without power.

The governor said officials are reporting widespread damage from violent winds and toppled trees. He said the damage is severe in several areas.

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