Pa. Nat'l Guard activates 750 soldiers for Hurricane Sandy

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 29, 2012 9:34 AM

The Pennsylvania National Guard has activated 750 soldiers and expects to have a total of 1,600 placed on active duty to deal with damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Guard spokesman Staff Sgt. Matthew Jones says 50 guardsmen had already been on duty since Friday and 800 more based in Pittsburgh and Scranton expect to be activated by noon Monday.

Forecasters predict winds up to 75 mph and as much as 10 inches of rain to hit parts of Pennsylvania as Sandy slams into the mid-Atlantic.

State government is closed for the day and residents are being urged to stay home. All flights out of Philadelphia International Airport are canceled Monday and mass transit is shut down.

The Red Cross is opening shelters across southeastern and central Pennsylvania for residents fleeing their homes.

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