CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is extending a hand to people and communities in the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian.

Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday announced a 50% discount for all lodge rooms, cabins and campsites at West Virginia State Parks for people escaping the storm.

Pet fees are also waived for people traveling with animals.

“West Virginia stands ready to welcome anyone who may be in need of shelter as a result of Hurricane Dorian,” he said. “We’re one of the most hospitable states in the country, and in a time when so many of our friends in nearby states are hurting, it’s the least we can do to offer a comfortable place to stay at our great state parks.”

Reservations can be made online at West Virginia State Parks’ website using the code “DORIAN,” as well as by calling 1-833-987-2757.

Justice also announced Tuesday plans to send members of the West Virginia National Guard and equipment to South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Dorian passing over the state’s coast.

The request, made by South Carolina leaders, include two medevac helicopters and crews to support search and rescue operations and swift water operations as needed. Eight soldiers will make up the two crews, which leave for South Carolina on Wednesday and will remain in the state for the next week.

The effort is funded by the Governor’s Contingency Fund, and South Carolina will reimburse the state.

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