Monday, October 29, 2012
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit us, losing power is a threat. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally, if the thermometer in the freezer reads 40 …
A flood warning is in effect for Allegheny County.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Allegheny County and surrounding areas. The warning, which went into effect at 6 p.m. Monday, includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The warning extends until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service is warning that flooding could hit small streams and urban areas. Port Authority Storm Update: There are currently no storm-related impacts to transit service, and the system is operating under normal conditions. Port Authority has no plans to shut down its system or otherwise significantly alter service at this time. ORIGINAL STORY: The National Weather Service has issued a …
The storm is still forecasted to impact our area, and watches for flooding, high wind and snow are now in effect.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today declared a countywide disaster emergency to enable county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The storm is still forecast to impact our area, and watches for flooding, high wind and snow are now in effect. The time frame for any significant weather should be late today through Thursday, with the heaviest rainfall and strongest winds expected tonight through much of the day Tuesday. Threats include flooding, with small creeks, streams and areas of poor drainage causing issues earlier this week, followed by possible river flooding later in the week. Winds will be sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph, which will likely cause damage …
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UPDATE: As of 2.50 p.m. Monday, Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann said there are no problems reported in the area. MORE UPDATES: See links at the end of this article for related stories. Pine-Richland is making plans to deal with Hurricane Sandy, the major weather event also dubbed "Frankenstorm", according to Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann. Although the fury of the storm is not scheduled to hit until Monday night, emergency agencies already are working together on plans. Amann said fire department stations will be open if residents need to evacuate their homes. "We will make arrangements to get people there if (the need is) medical related," Amann said. Plans were still in the making Monday morning, but Amann …
The 'Frankenstorm' is delaying the annual Halloween rite.
With a major weather event dubbed Frankenstorm approaching, Pine and Richland townships are postponing the annual Halloween rite of trick-or-treating until 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann announced the changed Monday morning after consulting with township managers. The changed date also applies to Marshall Township and Bradford Woods, which are served by Northern Regional. Keep checking back with Patch for updates about the storm. Reminder: Enter your costume in Patch's Halloween costume contest. Click here for details.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Share up-to-the-minute news and information with your neighbors as Patch editors on the Connecticut coast and New York region live-blog the 'Frankenstorm."
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Forecasters are predicting Hurricane Sandy will be a storm like no other—and Patches across Connecticut want to provide you with up-to-the-minute information. Please add information to this blog—you can add photos, news about power outages, flooding, road closures - as editors from East Haven to Stonington and from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts border, share what's happening in our communities. If you are using Twitter to share information, please use #ctsandy and the tweets will appear automatically. You can also use the comments section of this article as well. ...........................
National Hurricane Center forecasters warn against underestimating Hurricane Sandy. In Western PA, residents now are under a high wind warning as well as a flood watch.
Federal emergency management and weather officials on Sunday said the time for preparing for Hurricane Sandy is rapidly coming to an end. "The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. People need to be acting about now." Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect as many as 50 million people as it makes its westward turn toward the East Coast. As of last Sunday afternoon, Western Pennsylvania residents remain under a high wind warning through noon Tuesday as well as a flood watch through Tuesday night. While the most recent maps show the center of the storm tracking toward New Jersey, forecasters are hesitant to pinpoint a specific area for landfall. Rick Knabb…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland could be affected.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch and high wind advisory Saturday as the "Frankenstorm" draws closer. The flood watch is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday evening for Pennsylvania, West Virginia, east central Ohio and western Maryland. The high wind watch is effective Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Flood Watch Potentially heavy rain associated with the interaction of a stalled cold front across the Appalachian Mountains and Hurricane Sandy may cause flooding, the weather service website states. Areas that get more than 2 inches of rain Monday and Tuesday might flood where drainage is poor or along small streams. If the heavy rain is widespread, larger rivers might be impacted, according to the weather service…
Forecasters expect as much as 2-3 inches of rain over the next several days, and snow showers moving in by Tuesday night.
While the U.S. East Coast prepares for what forecasters say could be a storm of "historic" proportions, emergency management officials are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best for the storm dubbed "Frankenstorm". A hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service early Saturday warns that prolonged rainfall is expected for the first half of the week. "That rain may be heavy at times on Monday night and Tuesday and runoff may cause flooding of small streams," the weather service website states. "The potential for river flooding will have to be monitored during the second half of the week." The National Weather Service also warns that windy conditions on Monday and Tuesday might cause minor damage and power outages…