Emergency managers: stay indoors during Sandy

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Oct 29, 2012 11:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Emergency managers are urging people to stay indoors as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy intensify in the midstate.

Pennsylvania Emergency Managerment Agency Chief Deputy Director Bob Full says he's expecting wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour could propel dangerous debris through the air.

Speaking on witf's Radio Smart Talk, Full says the wind will also bring down trees and threaten power lines.

"We don't want to be over-alarmist, but commonwealth residents aren't typically used to the type of winds we're going to experience; sustained winds of 30, 40, 50-miles an hour over an eight-hour period or so," Full says.

He says the rain could also cause flooding, especially on minor creeks and streams.

Full adds clearing fallen leaves from drains will help prevent flooding before the worst of the storm hits this evening.

PEMA is urging people to keep their cell phones charged and use them only for emergencies.

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