West Virginia governor signs statewide burn ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's governor has authorized a burning ban as the state continues to recover from last weekend's storms.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday that a combination of scarce water supplies, dry conditions and emergency personnel stretched thin by the recovery effort led to his decision.

The ban is effective immediately and will continue until West Virginia's state of emergency is lifted.

About 200,000 homes and businesses remained without power Friday as a result of strong winds that toppled trees and snapped utility lines.

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