Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall by early evening near the New Jersey-Delaware border. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service said the Category 1 hurricane is moving northwest at 28 mph - up from 18 mph a few hours earlier. At 2:00 p.m. EDT the storm was centered approximately 175 miles south-southeast of New York City, or about 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was also still registering winds of up to 90 miles an hour. A Category 1 hurricane carries winds of 74 miles an hour to 95 miles an hour.
Two cold fronts, one west of Sandy and the other north, are expected to meet up with the storm and turn it into a nor’easter type of event, revitalizing its reach and intensity as it makes it way further inland and to the north. This convergence could bring close to a foot of rain in some places plus the potential for a 4 to 11 foot storm surge across other northeastern coastal areas. The danger of the storm is hardly limited to coastal areas as the storm is expected to produce up to 2-3 feet of snow in Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia.
High, sustained winds remain a concern in areas along Hurricane Sandy’s projected path. Widespread power outages may result, potentially leaving residents without electricity for extended periods of time as workers must wait for winds to die down before safely addressing downed lines and trees. Inland flooding, as a result of storm surge and heavy rains, is also a continued concern as these rains could also saturate the ground, causing trees to topple over, and possibly knocking out power to many as well.
If you are in the potentially impacted area, here are the key reminders Right Now:
As of mid-day Monday, Hurricane Sandy had already knocked out power to more than half a million customers in several states. Be prepared if your power goes out:
Actions to take during a power outage:
Action to take to get ready for snow or winter weather:
The President has issued emergency declarations for more than 10 states and the District of Columbia. This action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to provide assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety in each of these states.
Along with its federal partners, FEMA remains in close coordination with states and tribal governments and continues to coordinate resources to provide support as needed. FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams and liaison officers have been deployed to potentially affected states along the East Coast. Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and teams are in place or are en route to Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to support the states with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services, operations, and logistics support to state response operations, and with any potential requests for assistance.
Additionally, below is a brief recap of what FEMA and its federal partners have been doing:
Prepare for hazards in YOUR area
Although you may not be in Sandy’s path, now is a good time to review the potential hazards where you live. For example, this weekend’s reported earthquake off the coast of Canada which “triggered” a tsunami warning in Hawaii reminds us of how disasters can strike at anytime and anywhere.
Knowing likely risks for your area, whether wildfires, earthquakes or tornadoes and knowing what to do when a disaster strikes is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds matter. Local emergency management offices can help you identify hazards in your community and can outline the local plans and recommendations for each. Be sure to share this information with family, neighbors, colleagues and friends – talking about preparedness helps everyone be ready, “just in case.” Use the links below to make your family, business and community safer, more resilient and better prepared for any disaster event.
What to do before, during and after a hurricane or severe storm
Latest Sandy forecast from the National Hurricane Center
Community preparedness tools and resources
Community Preparedness Toolkit: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/toolkit/kitindex.shtm
Citizen Corps Program: http://www.citizencorps.gov/index.shtm
Youth Preparedness: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/youth/youthindex.shtm
Business Preparedness: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/business.shtm
Neighbors Helping Neighbors: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/neighborshelpingneighbors.shtm