As of Monday morning, Hurricane Sandy was just beginning to take shape in Central Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service is reporting that rain and gale force winds are expected to hit the region the hardest Monday afternoon through Tuesday.
The United States of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also issued a report recently that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to “supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy beginning October 26, 2012.” To read more, click here.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning in Central Pennsylvania as of 5 a.m. on Monday, October 31st.
A High Wind Warning remains in effect from 8 am this morning to noon EDT Tuesday.
- Winds: increasing from the north to sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts between 60 and 70 mph.
- Timing: beginning late this morning. The strong winds will last through Tuesday morning. The wind direction will shift to the South early Tuesday, then west during the midday hours.
- Impacts: numerous downed trees, and widespread, potentially Long-duration power outages.
The National Weather Service continued to offer recommendations for how to deal with the storm.
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. If you experience a power outage, do not use generators. Grills or other gasoline, propane or charcoal burning devices inside your home or garage. They produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that kills more than five hundred Americans each year. Generators should be placed outside, away from doors windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to seep inside. Do not let your car idle inside the garage, even if the garage door is open.
Please be aware of these risks and alter your preparations as needed. If you need to reach Gunn Mowery, please contact us at toll-free at 1-800-840-1243, or locally at any of the numbers below. For claims information, please visit our claims page here. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Harrisburg, 717-657-3233
- Lemoyne, 717-761-4600
- New Cumberland, 717-774-7481
- Dillsburg, 717-432-9635
- Hanover, 717-637-2221
- Mechanicsburg, 717-766-0241
- Mount Joy, 717-653-1481
- Lancaster, 753-5000
- State College, 814-237-2491
Here are some common tips that can help you prepare for a Hurricane:
Plan ahead and practice so that your evacuation is safe, smooth and fast. In an emergency you may have only a few minutes to gather your important papers and leave your home, possibly for good. Have the following ready to go:
- Medicines, prescriptions, comfort items and a change of clothes.
- Emergency supplies such as flashlights, radio, batteries and water.
- Computer hard drive or laptop.
- Insurance policies; birth and marriage certificates; wills; deeds; financial information such as account numbers, recent tax returns, stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates; driver’s licenses and other personal identification.
Looking intimately at your home, there are some tips you can use to proof your home from potentially damaging winds, and or weather-related risks.
- Install storm shutters to protect your windows or use plywood panels, which can be nailed to window
- frames when a storm approaches.
- Make sure exterior doors have at least three hinges and a dead bolt lock that is at least one-inch long. Sliding glass doors should be made of tempered glass and covered with shutters or plywood.
- Replace old garage doors and tracks with a door that is approved for both wind pressure and impact protection. Wind coming into your home through an opening this large poses grave problems for the rest of your home—especially your roof.
- Seal outside wall openings such as vents, outdoor electrical outlets, garden hose bibs and locations where cables or pipes go through the wall to prevent water penetration by using a high quality urethane-based caulk.
- Prepare your yard by removing all outdoor furniture, lawn items, planters and other materials that could be picked up by high winds. Trim trees and shrubbery and remove weak branches on plants and trees.
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