Friday evening, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for the entire state of West Virginia.
Powerful storms hit much of the state, leaving an estimated 500,000 customers without power, Tomblin's office said. The declaration "will allow all government resources to be devoted immediately to helping those in need and restoring power as soon as possible," according to a news release.
"The damage from today's storms is widespread and in many places severe," said Gov. Tomblin. "With temperatures near 100 degrees expected this weekend, it's critical that we get people's power back on as soon as possible. We're committing 100% of our state's resources for as long as we need to get this cleaned up."
With temperatures expected to soar on Saturday, officials recommend drinking lots of water and ask residents to check on friends and neighbors.