MEMA offers tips as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
With the possible threat of Hurricane Sandy following a track that could have a major impact on New England early next week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends actions that people can take to minimize the potential damage from this storm. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute to ensure your family’s safety.” Here are some examples of steps you should be taking: -Make sure you have a well-stocked family disaster kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days. -Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that …
Forecasting models are split, with some saying the powerful storm will blow out to sea, while others think it'll smack into New England as a tropical storm or depression.
The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Sandy from a tropical storm to hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 80 miles per hour. The storm, bearing down on Jamaica at a pokey 14 miles per hour, is expected to hug the east coast. What happens after that, however, is anyone's guess. At this time of year, storms like Sandy usually track out to sea well before they reach New England. But WHDH's Chris Lambert writes that high pressure near Greenland may change the normal jet stream pattern, shuttling Sandy to our doorsteps. "If this were to occur, Sandy, which transitions into a massive Nor’easter, would provide an expanding shield of powerful winds and rain, bring in damaging gusts, flooding rains and coastal flooding over parts of the …