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.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicted that storm surges of 7 to 8 feet are possible along the Delaware Bay north of Lewes, and the Atlantic coast may see 7-foot surges. Hurricane Sandy will erode or overwash about 75 percent of Delmarva shorelines.
Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned, “If you don’t evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you. This is a serious and dangerous storm.”
The New York Stock Exchange dropped its original plan of having electronic trading Monday as Hurricane Sandy came closer to New York City. Exchange officials also mentioned that the stock market might also have to close on Tuesday. “We support the consensus of the markets and the regulatory community that the dangerous conditions developing as a result of Hurricane Sandy will make it extremely difficult to ensure the safety of our people and communities, and safety must be our first priority” the stock exchange said in a formal announcement. “We will work with the industry to determine the next steps in restoring trading as soon as the situation permits.”
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
The state will open seven shelters at 12 noon on Sunday:
•William Penn High School – Medical Need Shelter, pet friendly.
•Middletown High School, pet friendly
•Smyrna Middle School. pet friendly
•Dover High School, pet friendly
•Milford Middle School , pet friendly
•Indian River High School, no pets
•Cape Henlopen High School – Medical Need Shelter, pet friendly
Cape Henlopen will offer services to people with medical needs. Caregivers must accompany those residents. Individuals can expect sleeping accommodations, food and trained medical staff who can assist with medical needs. Medical shelters cannot take the place of a hospital and are intended for those who have minor medical conditions that are stable and require daily assistance. Examples include assistance with medicine administration, changing wound dressings or helping the oxygen dependent. Please still bring medicine, supplies and special diet needs.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the mid-Atlantic coast, Monday evening and into Tuesday.
People in need of transportation elsewhere in the state can call the Delaware Helpline at (800) 464-HELP (4357). For more Delaware Evacuations visit: http://dema.delaware.gov/
New York City has shut down its subways, buses, and trains. Along with 2,499 flights have been cancelled, with another 774 cancellations at Newark, followed by 428 at Dulles in Washington and 355 cancellations at Philadelphia.
At 10:25 a.m. Monday, DelcoTimes from Delaware County, PA reported, “OK, we’ve made it this far, but keep in mind that the bulk of the storm is still coming at us. Here’s what we can expect as we head into the teeth of the storm. We will have continued rain and wind this morning, winds will be at 35 mph. This afternoon winds will get worse with gusts up to mph. The peak of the storm will slam us later this afternoon, from 2-7. We could have gusts of 70 mph. Power outages are likely. Rain will continue and likely not start to taper off until around 11 p.m. Wind will continue through Tuesday morning.”
Hurricane Sandy Update
Sandy is a category-1 hurricane that is expected to bring life-threatening flooding to the US mid-Atlantic coast and hurricane-force winds from Virginia to Massachusetts, Monday evening and into Tuesday.
Be glad you are behind a computer screen and not in the actual Hurricane. If you are wanting to watch Hurricane Sandy, but not be in it, below we have hurricane webcams.
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