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CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript

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Location: Charleston, WV

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CROWLEY: I want to bring in the governor of West Virginia now, Earl Ray Tomblin, who is on the phone from Charleston.

Thank you so much, Governor. Let me ask you the same question that I asked the governor of Maryland, and that is, by the time night falls in West Virginia tonight, what do you expect the situation to be?

GOV. EARL RAY TOMBLIN (D), WEST VIRGINIA (via telephone): Candy, we have had the largest power outage in the history of the state with 53 of our 55 counties without power. That serves about 688,000 people. The power is slowly coming back on line.

We still have over half a million people without power. Yesterday was a tough day with no power with the nearly 100-degree temperature we had.

We can continue to tell team stay calm. It's going to take some time. We're working with the power companies and Department of Highways to get the debris kept from the highways.

The major roads are open. Secondary roads are where we're concentrating now. But, once again, we just ask people, as much as possible, stay off the roads. Conserve fuel.

We do have cooling stations set up in all of our counties. The first priority is the hasty of our people and especially those in nursing homes and hospitals. Things we're looking at right now is getting power, generators to our municipal water systems to make sure people still have water. So, those are what we're doing.

A lot of churches who aren't having their regular services, are going to different homes, to make sure their friends, neighbors, especially the elderly, have what they need or, you know, if they're OK.

So, you know, that's what we're looking at now. We just once again ask people to be patient. It's going to take a few days. If you have an emergency, go ahead and call 911. We'll get help to you.

We have been working hard since Friday evening round the clock to make sure we get everyone back to normal as quickly as possible.

CROWLEY: Governor, what's your biggest worry moving forward? TOMBLIN: Well, obviously, you know, what our -- our public water systems are down. That's a big concern. With the amount of heat that people are having to endure, you know, when they get in the second, third day, if they do not get to a cooling center or, you know, to some shelter someplace, you know, it concerns me about the health of our -- especially our senior citizens.

CROWLEY: Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia -- you've got your work cut out for you. Thanks for taking some time this morning.

TOMBLIN: All right. Thank you, Candy.

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