Corbett declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Sandy - abc27 WHTM

Corbett declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Sandy

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Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency two days before Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Pennsylvania.

Corbett said the state of emergency will enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the storm's impacts by temporarily removing time-consuming formalities usually required by law.

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

Corbett's office said they expect power outages that could last up to several days. In addition, there could be snow in some areas of southwestern Pennsylvania and at higher elevations.

Those who need assistance should call their local emergency management offices. If there is an emergency, call 911. However, Corbett warns that hanging up after you've called 911 wastes dispatcher's time as they try to re-establish contact.

In addition, residents should never call 911 to request or report road conditions. Instead, they should call 511 or go to www.511PA.com. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website. You can view traffic cameras, here.

Corbett's declaration does not currently include travel restrictions.

Corbett said Glenn Cannon, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), advised him to declare the state of emergency. Corbett said PEMA will be working with various state departments, the National Guard and American Red Cross as necessary.

To learn how to prepare an emergency preparedness kit, go to www.ReadyPA.org or call 1-888-9-READY-PA.

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