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      State of emergency declared for Wood, Fulton counties

      Lake High School

      Governor Ted Strickland declared a state of emergency for Fulton and Wood counties Sunday morning after touring the areas most heavily damaged by this weekend's devastating tornadoes.

      Seven people have been confirmed dead after two bands of severe storms, including several twisters, ripped through the area late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

      My heart goes out to the residents of these communities and our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones in this devastating storm, Strickland said. Our county and state emergency responders have been on the ground assessing the damage since early this morning, and we are doing everything in our power to provide assistance to the people impacted by this tornado as quickly as possible. We want the good people of these communities to know that we are standing with them and will continue to stand with them as they recover from this violent storm.

      As a result of the governor TMs emergency declaration, local governments will be able to access state agency resources if identified and needed.