Sandy Storm Update – Calm Now, Winds Could Strengthen Over the Next Few Hours
Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Southern New Jersey coast earlier this evening and is no longer classified as a hurricane, currently having merged with another weather system and decreased speed to become what is called a “superstorm.”
While winds have picked up across Pennsylvania and parts of New York, especially to the south and west of us, the situation in Tompkins County at present is relatively calm. The National Weather Service still forecasts 25 to 40 mph sustained winds, with higher gusts which could be as high as 70 mph, with the greatest likelihood of strong winds between now and 2 a.m. Those winds are expected to dissipate by during the day Tuesday, as the storm continues to weaken.
While damaging wind remains the primary threat and between 1-2 inches of rain is forecast over the next several days, a flash flood watch also remains in effect as a precaution .
Tompkins County’s 9-1-1 Center received scattered calls of trees and wires down earlier this evening, but has seen little activity over the past couple of hours. Wind speed has varied depending on altitude, exposure, and terrain. As of now, NYSEG reports about 200 customers in Tompkins County without power. Crews have been rapidly restoring service throughout the evening to those who have lost power.
Emergency managers continue to advise residents to be alert to developments concerning the storm, to stay inside during very strong winds, to stay away from downed wires, and to check on neighbors and those who may have functional and medical needs.
For additional preparedness information, and information on Hurricane Sandy, visit www.tompkinsready.org<http://www.tompkinsready.org/>; www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch<http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch>; and www.erh.noaa.gov/bgm<http://www.erh.noaa.gov/bgm>.
Officials are continuing to monitor the storm situation overnight. Further updates will be issued as conditions warrant.
Contact: Lee Shurtleff, Director, Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, 257-3888 or 279-0732; Jessica Verfuss or Beth Harrington, Assistant Directors, 257-3888.
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