Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit between Delaware and New York’s Long Island sometime late Monday afternoon into early evening. As of Monday morning outages in Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia were sporadic. The hybrid storm known as “Frankenstorm” is expected to bring some 50-75 mph winds along with 10 inches of rain and even a potential for snowfall of up to two feet.
Evacuations began in low-lying parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. High-wind watches and flood warnings are in effect for all of the Mid-Atlantic states and southern New England, where Sandy was expected hit on Wednesday, Halloween day.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has ordered mandatory evacuations of the following areas by 8 p.m. Sunday:
Sussex County Delaware Bay communities:
Slaughter Beach, Prime Hook Beach, Broadkill Beach, and Lewes Beach, east of the Rehoboth Lewes canal,
Sussex County Ocean Coastal Communities:
Flood-prone areas within three-quarters of a mile of the coast in Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, North Bethany, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.
Sussex County inland bay communities:
•Areas surrounding the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River and Little Assawoman Bay
•Flood-prone areas south of Route 24 (John J. Williams Highway) including Angola, Long Neck and Oak Orchard
•Flood-prone areas along Del. 26 (Vines Creek Road and Atlantic Avenue)
•Flood-prone areas along Del. 54 (Lighthouse Road)
Sussex County western communities:
Flood-prone areas in close proximity to the Nanticoke and Broad Creek Rivers
Kent County Delaware bay communities:
Woodland Beach; Pickering Beach, including any homes east of 799 Pickering Beach Rd.; Kitts Hummock Beach, and all addresses above 2123 Kitts Hummock Road; Bowers Beach, including any homes east of Old Bowers Road; South Bowers Beach; Big Stone Beach; Bennetts Pier; and Port Mahon Road, any address above 900.
Residents who have evacuation questions may contact their respective local emergency operations centers:
•Sussex EOC – 856-7366 starting Sunday at 8 a.m.
• Kent EOC – 735-3465, starting Sunday at noon
• New Castle County EOC – 395-5555 starting Sunday at noon