Corbett: Be Prepared For Flooding, Wind, And Power Outages

Written by Scott Detrow | Oct 28, 2012 4:58 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- As Hurricane Sandy approaches, Governor Tom Corbett is urging Pennsylvanians to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

“Be prepared to stay in your home for an extended period of time. A few days, and possibly without power, without water,” the Republican said during a Sunday afternoon press conference at PEMA headquarters. “Our current projections focus the heaviest rain in southern and southeastern Pennsylvania. …Widespread areas could [see] three to five inches. But some areas are going to see six to ten inches of rain.”

In Central Pennsylvania, rain begins Sunday night and continues through Wednesday morning. Monday and Tuesday will see the heaviest rain, with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles-per-hour. You can track the storm's projected path here. “You have the potential for a number of trees to come down,” Corbett warned. “The wind has potential to knock power lines down. And as we remind everybody, take everything off the porches and yards that could become flying projectiles.”

Corbett has placed 1,600 National Guard soldiers on standby, but said county governments will take the lead on emergency response. He has asked President Obama to declare a federal disaster for Pennsylvania.  “This declaration will provide federal funds so that the state and municipalities can take life-saving measures,” Corbett said.

Schools across the region are already closing tomorrow.

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