Monongahela Forest officials stress caution during Ian

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Monongahela Forest officials stress caution during Ian
The National Forest Service is predicting heavy rain and high winds in some areas through Monday. The southern half of the national forest has the most potential for flooding.

ELKINS, W.Va. — Visitors recreating in the Monongahela National Forest over the weekend may see impacts from the remnants of Hurricane Ian, according to National Forest Service officials

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The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain and high winds in some areas through Monday. The southern half of the national forest has the most potential for flooding, according to Kelly Bridges, public affairs officer for the forest service.

She said that visitors camping near a river or stream should pay special attention to weather reports and move to higher ground if needed. Also, keep an eye out for falling trees, mudslides, and other hazards associated with heavy rain and high winds.

Visitors should know that much of the forest does not have cell service, Bridges said, and should be sure to carry extra food, water, and safety gear if they become stranded.

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At this time, all visitor facilities in the national forest are open, other than those that have closed for the season. Employees will assess facilities for damage and safety concerns once the storm has passed.

Forest officials will continue to share updated information as it becomes available.

Get the latest info at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf and https://www.facebook.com/MonongahelaNF.

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