Saturday, October 27 2012 1:36 PM EDT2012-10-27 17:36:56 GMT
Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a state of emergency two days before Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Pennsylvania. abc27 News meteorologists say the Pennsylvania midstate should expect 4-6 inches of rainMore >>
Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency two days before Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Pennsylvania.More >>
Friday, October 26 2012 6:50 PM EDT2012-10-26 22:50:55 GMT
At the Cumberland County Emergency Operations Center, Friday was the "calm" before the storm. Cumberland County Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, Megan Silverstrim, said the day was spent gettingMore >>
Emergency officials are preparing for Hurricane Sandy in Cumberland County.More >>
Friday, October 26 2012 6:42 PM EDT2012-10-26 22:42:40 GMT
People in Lebanon County are waiting for Sandy. Last year, Lebanon was hit hard by Lee. A lot of homes had flooding damage. People who live here want to be prepared just in case that happens again. TheyMore >>
People in Lebanon County are waiting for Hurricane Sandy. Last year, Lebanon was hit hard by Lee. A lot of homes had flooding damage. Now, people who live here want to be prepared just in case that happens again.
Saturday, November 3 2012 1:20 AM EDT2012-11-03 05:20:47 GMT
The bigger the audience -- the bigger the effort. Midstate musicians Wendy and Reese Crane are playing gigs to collect supplies and raise awareness to Hurricane Sandy relief aid. In the wake of SuperstormMore >>
The bigger the audience, the bigger the effort. Midstate musicians Wendy and Reese Crane are playing gigs to collect supplies and raise awareness of Hurricane Sandy relief aid.More >>
Friday, November 2 2012 1:52 PM EDT2012-11-02 17:52:39 GMT
Nearly 10,000 people in central Pennsylvania were without power Monday afternoon as winds picked up in advance of Hurricane Sandy.PPL reported more than 2,600 customers were without electricity as of 2More >>
Utility crews continue to make progress in returning electricity to Pennsylvanians who lost power during Hurricane Sandy.More >>
Friday, November 2 2012 1:46 PM EDT2012-11-02 17:46:39 GMT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said about 160 state roads in south-central Pennsylvania were closed Tuesday morning because of Hurricane Sandy.PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said most affectedMore >>
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported 16 state road closures in south-central Pennsylvania Friday afternoon following Hurricane Sandy.More >>
Friday, November 2 2012 1:30 PM EDT2012-11-02 17:30:04 GMT
Governor Tom Corbett met Friday with 50 emergency medical services workers who were on their way to help New Jersey residents with their Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The governor met with the emergencyMore >>
Governor Tom Corbett met Friday with 50 emergency medical services workers who were on their way to help New Jersey residents with their Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.More >>
Thursday, November 1 2012 2:52 PM EDT2012-11-01 18:52:51 GMT
Governor Tom Corbett has announced that Pennsylvania homeowners will not have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy."Insurance deductibles couldMore >>
Governor Tom Corbett has announced that Pennsylvania homeowners will not have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.More >>
Thursday, November 1 2012 7:42 AM EDT2012-11-01 11:42:06 GMT
An 8-year-old boy was killed when a tree limb broke off and struck him, according to state police. The child was walking with his father on Bronson Hill Road near Bridgewater and New Millford TownshipsMore >>
The death of an 86-year-old Berks County man is the 12th linked to Hurricane Sandy in Pennsylvania and the fourth storm-related fatality caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from generator fumes.More >>
Wednesday, October 31 2012 1:41 PM EDT2012-10-31 17:41:46 GMT
About 200 residents in Lancaster County have been given the all clear to go back into their homes following Superstorm Sandy.They were evacuated Monday night when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat CommissionMore >>
About 200 people living downstream of Speedwell Forge Lake in Lancaster County have been given the all-clear to return to their homes.More >>
Wednesday, October 31 2012 1:02 PM EDT2012-10-31 17:02:11 GMT
The Route 74 bridge over the Little Conewago Creek in York County has been closed because of Hurricane Sandy.Northern York County Regional police said the bridge on the Dover and West Manchester townshipMore >>
PennDOT said its inspection crews have checked out the bridge that carries Route 74 over the Little Conewago Creek in Dover Township, York County and have given their okay to reopen it.More >>
Wednesday, October 31 2012 5:41 AM EDT2012-10-31 09:41:13 GMT
Professional tree trimmers are keeping very busy after the October Superstorm. Sandy really left her mark across the midstate. In one Susquehanna Township neighborhood, the storm pulled a huge tree rightMore >>
Professional tree trimmers are keeping very busy after the October Superstorm.More >>
Saturday, November 3 2012 5:32 PM EDT2012-11-03 21:32:42 GMT
The cleanup continues throughout the Midstate from Sandy, and some homeowners aren't waiting for the insurance companies. A Penbrook man took matters into his own hands Wednesday morning, hiring a HockerMore >>
The cleanup continues throughout the Midstate from Sandy, and some homeowners aren't waiting for the insurance companies.More >>
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Government agencies have mobilized and say they are ready for whatever Hurricane Sandy throws at central Pennsylvania.
With little more than 48 hours until Sandy's wrath is expected to hit the midstate, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has already planned for the worst.
Senior Deputy Director Bob Full said, "We're in full disaster mode here going forward."
Full has been working closely with the National Weather Service and other federal agencies to line up resources for a hard impact.
"Looks like Hurricane Sandy has got Pennsylvania in the crosshairs," he said.
State workers have been told to cancel vacations and be on call starting this weekend. PEMA will have extra staff on hand inside its command center starting Sunday. Full said crews will be working around clock to prepare for and weather the storm.
"PennDOT, State Police, National Guard, [Dept. of] Agriculture and [PEMA] are on the highest level of alert," said Full.
Workers will scan for floods and widespread power outages. Utility companies like PPL have also been watching the weather like a hawk. PPL spokesperson Jim Nulton said the power company's affiliates are on stand-by, ready to assist if needed. He said crews from Kentucky are even on-call if needed.
Nulton said he is doing this because of the enormity of the storm.
"In the case where you have a storm that is so gigantic, some of those resources we could normally count on will be in the heat of battle as well," said Nulton.
Meteorologists forecast high winds. PPL explained that could create a harmful scenario where many power lines are down. Nulton said the biggest warning PPL could offer is to never go near a downed power line.
"Always assume that they're energized," said Nulton. "[Power lines] create an electrocution safety hazard."
Emergency officials urge people to make a plan and stock up on essentials. Bottom line, PEMA said: "Be smart…prepare for the worst."
"There's no need to panic," said Nulton. "We do need to take this particular event serious right now."