Hurricane sandy is headed directly towards us today. The eye is set to hit New Jersey and the storm is due to pass over Philadelphia, swing across southern PA then west. This puts a major storm surge into New York City and all of northeastern Pennsylvania in the brunt of the northeastern winds. We’ll be getting the worst of this massive storm so be prepared. Schools have closed and most businesses should be also: there’s no reason anyone should be anywhere today unless you’re in emergency preparedness.
Weather experts are predicting today to be the worst. 5-10 inches of rain. Much preparation has been done. Here in Berks County, for example, Blue Marsh lake was dropped five feet to prevent the Schuylkill River from flooding. Flashlight batteries have been impossible to find and folks were stocking up on water. Fill your bathtub an duse that water for flushing toilets. Keep a radio tuned in to a local station for local announcements. If you live in Lancaster listening to a Harrisburg station won’t help you.
Keep your cell phone charged. If you have a smart phone disable things like wifi and bluetooth. Close any apps which are running to save juice. I turned mine off last night. I have a car charger and will use that to recharge it if the power is out for an extended period of time.
If nothing gets posted for several days assume our power is out here. Be safe and stay indoors. Don’t remain near glass doors and large windows.