Three more local deaths have been attributed to this week's severe storm, including John Rose, the Republican candidate for the District 47 House of Delegates seat, officials said.
The deaths included Rose and another man from Barbour County, as well as an Upshur County resident.
"Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the family of John Rose Sr.," said Conrad Lucas, the chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. "Mr. Rose's untimely and sudden passing reminds us all that the most important things in our lives are our family, our friends and our relationship with God. I hope that all of my fellow West Virginians will join in me taking extra time to pray for John's family this week."
The Barbour deaths occurred within five hours of each other Tuesday, Interim Barbour OEM Director Cindy Hart said Wednesday. Allegedly, a tree or a branch had fallen on Rose, while the other man was shoveling snow.
In Upshur County, Mark Riffle, 51, of Arlington, reportedly left his house to get fuel his generator and did not return. He was found by his garage and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, officials said. Death was attributed to asphyxiation.