Live blog: Midstate braces for Hurricane Sandy - abc27 WHTM

Live blog: Midstate braces for Hurricane Sandy

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As we prepare for Hurricane Sandy to hit central Pennsylvania from Sunday to Wednesday, you can view the latest weather forecasts at the abc27 StormTrack Center.

You can also get up-to-date information using the abc27 Weather app on your smartphone. On Twitter, be sure to follow us at @abc27New, @abc27Weather and use the hashtag #SandyCenPA to stay informed.

For more information on how to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, go to ReadyPa.org


President signs emergency declaration for Pa.

10/29/12 - 2:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Pennsylvania.
The declaration will allow state officials to request federal funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of the huge storm.


Dauphin County declares state of emergency

10/28/12 - 8:20 p.m.

Dauphin County Commissioners have issued a state of emergency for Dauphin County.

"Use extreme caution when driving, do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways, and avoid downed trees and power lines," said Commissioner Mike Pries, who has oversight of the county's EMA.  "If you need to leave your home during the storm please follow all posted road warnings to keep yourself and others safe."

They also recommend residents have supplies to last 3-5 days without power.


ASPCA asks residents to care for pets during Hurricane Sandy

10/28/12 - 7:30 p.m.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking pet owners to have a plan of action for their pets during Hurricane Sandy.

They are offering the following tips to pet owners:

  •     Obtain a rescue alert sticker, which will let rescuers know that pets are inside your home.
  •     Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  •     Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
  •     Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
  •     Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies.

You can access the latest updates at http://blog.aspca.org/content/how-prepare-your-pets-hurricane-sandy.


Amtrak cancels service in Northeast corridor

Amtrak has cancel its services in the Northeast Corridor, north of New York, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. All services on the eastern seaboard will be canceled on Monday.

For exceptions to these cancellations, click here.

Amtrak has given no definite timetable for service restoration. While Amtrak will be contacting passengers who have provided information in their reservations, customers are encouraged to monitor Amtrak.com. Amtrak will also be providing updates on Facebook.com/Amtrak and Twitter.com/Amtrak pages.

To be notified of major service disruptions resulting in delays of 60 minutes or more to multiple trains on the Northeast Corridor, follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter.

Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to this service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel. Some tickets booked online that have not yet been printed can be modified or canceled on Amtrak.com or by using the free Amtrak mobile app.


Wrightsville, Mount Joy declare state of emergency

10/28/2012 -5:25 p.m.

The boroughs of Wrightsville and Mount Joy have each declared a state of emergency leading up to Hurricane Sandy.

Mount Joy is also asking all residents to limit non-essential driving.


Governor Corbett to give update on preparations for impending storm

10/28/12 - 2:30

The governor will give an update on the preparations for Hurricane Sandy at 4:30 p.m. Watch live on abc27.


Newville Halloween parade canceled

10/28/12 - 1:30

The Newville Halloween Parade scheduled for Monday 10/29 has been canceled. The rain date for Tuesday has also been canceled. Trick or Treat night scheduled for October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. remains on schedule.


Mayor Thompson declares state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

10/28/12- 12:00 p.m.

City Mayor Linda D. Thompson declared a state of disaster emergency in the City of Harrisburg, effective Monday morning at 5:00 AM, to enable staff and related officials to respond effectively to any possible impact of Hurricane Sandy in the City.


York, Harrisburg, ask residents to help clean storm drains

10/26/12 - 5:30 p.m.

York City is asking residents to clean leaves from their gutters and help the city clear the grates on storm drains. At a press conference Friday afternoon, Harrisburg officials also asked residents to help clear leaves from blocked storm drains.


Pa. governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Sandy

10/26/2012 - 5:00 p.m.

Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a state of emergency two days before Hurricane Sandy is supposed to hit Pennsylvania.

abc27 News meteorologists say the Pennsylvania midstate should expect 4-6 inches of rain and strong winds between Sunday and Wednesday.

Corbetts office said they are working on a press release. We will provide more information as it becomes available.


Harrisburg mayor says debt problems won't affect response to hurricane

10/26/2012 - 4:00 p.m.

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson said all hands will be on deck to respond to Hurricane Sandy over the next few days. She said budget concerns will not have an impact on staffing.

"We are going to be putting out barricades Saturday afternoon in those areas that are prone to flooding," she said, "and on Sunday put up barricades on certain streets in anticipation of the floods, so we are not being reactionary "


Only call 911 if power outage poses safety risk, otherwise call electric company

With Hurricane Sandy approaching, residents are urged to call their electricity providers to report power outages that pose no threat to property or safety. If a power outage poses a risk to public safety, call 911.

To report power outages, call the following number:

  • PPL: 1-800-342-5775
  • Met-Ed and Penelec: 1-888-544-4877
  • Adams Electric: 1-800-726-2324
  • PECO: 1-800-841-4141
  • UGI: 1-800-276-2722

 You can track power outages online at the following links: 


Red Cross encourages residents to use its specialized hurricane app

10/26/12 - 3:55 p.m.

The Red Cross is encouraging the use of its specialized mobile hurricane app for use during Hurricane Sandy.

With the app you can access real-time NOAA weather alerts, step-by-step instructions tell you what to do even if cell towers are down and the power is out. The app will also show emergency shelter locations and provides a one-touch "I'm Safe" button to instantly notify family and friends.


Harrisburg mayor to hold briefing on Hurricane Sandy at 3:30 p.m.

10/26/12 - 3:10 p.m.


PEMA urges citizens to prepare for Sandy

10/26/12 - 2:15 p.m.

The state's emergency management agency is encouraging all residents to make sure they have an emergency kit in their home and car before Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the midstate on Sunday. 

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn M. Cannon said families should be prepared to either stay in their homes for the duration of the storm (Sunday to Wednesday) or to evacuate. Cannon said residents should have supplies for at least 72 hours.

Cannon also reminded drivers to never drive through standing water. "Just a few inches of moving water can sweep away the average car," he said. "Remember - Turn around, don't drown."

For information on how to compile an emergency kit, click here.


Pa. insurance commissioner encourages homeowners to prepare for Sandy

10/26/12 - 2 p.m.

The state's insurance commissioner is encouraging homeowners to trim trees, clean rain gutters and remove items from their yards and porches. Homeowners should also move electronic devices out of portions of the home that could flood.

"Sandy has the potential to be a powerful and possibly historic storm for the East Coast, so preparation is essential," said Commissioner Michael Consedine.

For more tips, visit www.insurance.pa.gov and click on the "storm tips" icon. Consumers with questions or complaints can call the department's toll-free, consumer hotline at 877- 881-6388.

Consedine also offered the following tips.

Before the storm hits:

  • Take an inventory of your personal property, including model numbers, serial numbers and purchase information.
  • Document your inventory by videotaping or photographing each room in your house.
  • Keep your insurance policies, household inventory and other important papers in a secure place. You may want to consider sending copies of documents to a trusted friend or family member outside your area.
  • Keep a camera, notebook and pens in your emergency supply kit for documenting your losses.

After the storm:

  • Don't re-enter your home or start repairs until you know it's safe. If returning home after an outage, don't turn on the power right away if your home is flooded. Have an electrician check it first.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. While waiting for an insurance adjuster to arrive, take steps to prevent further damage to your property. But don't make permanent repairs until the adjuster has inspected your property.
  • Take extensive photographs of the damage, and keep all of your receipts and documents, as well as records of conversations with the insurance company. Make an itemized list of all the storm-related damage.
  • If your home is uninhabitable, most insurance policies will pay for additional living expenses while your home is being repaired.
  • Also, be aware, some homeowner's policies carry hurricane deductibles that may increase out-of-pocket costs. So review your policy now.


Harrisburg emergency management team meets to prepare for Sandy

10/26/12 - 11:25 a.m.

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson has announced that the city's emergency management team will meet today to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

"This is a standard preliminary meeting to review procedures and communications," Thompson said in a press release. "We will provide public updates as needed."


Hummelstown parade canceled

10/26/12 - 10:24 a.m.

The Hummelstown Halloween Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather.


Lebanon City clears storm drains, asks residents to keep streets clear

10/26/12 - 10:00 a.m.

With Hurricane Sandy set to hit central Pennsylvania Sunday through Wednesday of next week, local governments have already begun to prepare.

Friday morning Lebanon City Mayor Sherry Capello asked residents to keep leaves out of the streets to avoid clogging storm drain. She said city crews are working today and tomorrow to remove existing leaves.

Rather than putting leaves and yard wasted in the street, Capello said residents should take all yard trash to the Green Waste Center. The center will be open and free of charge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Residents must show proof of residency to gain access to the facility.

Residents should report fallen trees or lines that block streets to Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency at 717-272-2054.



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