The week ahead will be stressful for many East Coast families, including those in Lynchburg. The uncertainty of Hurricane Sandy’s path will leave many parents scrambling to make last minute plans.
At 2 a.m. on Monday, The National Weather Service’s public advisory update shows Sandy moving north as forecast. If the storm, dubbed ‘Frankenstorm,’ takes the northwest turn projected, all of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be under the gun.
At this time, the projected landfall is thought to be between the DelMarVa Peninsula and the New Jersey coast; however, that could change at any time. Hurricane Sandy is a dangerous storm, encompassing the entire East Coast. Heavy snowfalls of 2-3 feet or more in some areas will accompany heavy winds.
Thousands of flights across the East Coast have been cancelled. Washington, D.C. has shut down the federal government for the day on Monday. Amtrak, Washington Metro, public transit in New York and Philadelphia and bus services in many East Coast locations are closed for the day and possibly beyond.
Locally, some schools have been closed including Liberty University and CVCC. School systems in Appomattox and Nelson Counties will be closed on Monday; however, Lynchburg City, Amherst, Bedford and Campbell Counties have not yet made an announcement. WSET.com, linked above, will provide the most timely updates for area families about cancellations.
In Virginia, winter storm warnings are in effect for Alleghany, Bath and Grayson Counties. High wind warnings and wind advisories are in effect for much of central Virginia.
Before going to any scheduled activity over the next few days, call ahead to verify that the event will still be held as scheduled.
Halloween is still scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 with trick-or-treat activities throughout the area. Unless the Lynchburg area is hit extremely hard by Hurricane Sandy, these activities will probably still be held.
Events on Monday and Tuesday may be postponed or cancelled. Lynchburg College has two Halloween events scheduled for Monday. The Monster Bash is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and Trick-or-Treat in student dorms is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. As of now, there’s no word on LC’s Facebook page that the events have been cancelled. *NOTE – These events have been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at the same times.
Lynchburg Public Library storytimes remain on the schedule for this week, but check before you go to make sure that the library hasn’t changed these events.
Tales for Twos, for 2-year-olds and their parents, will be held on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Pizzazz will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for 3-5 year old children. Parents remain in the library but do not attend. Born to Read Storytime for ages 0-23 months and their parents will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Monday is Internet Day and you may want to enjoy the internet while you can since power outages could take away that privilege in the days to come.
Tuesday is National Candy Corn Day, a great day to celebrate the day before Halloween, one of the favorite days of the year for many children.
Halloween activities are scheduled throughout the area. Some events currently on the schedule include city-wide trick-or-treating, Professor Shockley’s Bugs & Hisses Ball from 6-8 p.m. at Amazement Square, a Halloween parade and trick-or-treating from Wyndhurst to The Summitt at 6 p.m. Follow Halloween safety tips if you go out trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Kids Karnival is planned at Thomas Road Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. This could change if TRBC opens as a shelter in the aftermath of power outages so check back if we lose power.
Also planned for Halloween is an event at Old City Cemetery. The All Hallows Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. This is an annual event at the cemetery.
Halloween is All Hallows Eve because it falls on the eve of All Saints Day, which falls on Nov. 1. Many local churches will hold All Saints Day services on Thursday, including St. Thomas More Catholic Church. There will be a Service of Remembrance at Lynchburg College at 10 a.m. Check with the church of your choice to see if there’s a service you can attend.
Thursday is also Tot Thursday at FunQuest on Graves Mill Road. Preschool kids can bring their favorite riding toy to ride on the skating rink floor from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids can also skate and enjoy other fun activities.
Friday is All Souls Day, celebrated at many local churches. Also on Friday, the 53rd Annual Pancake Jamboree will be held at Lynchburg City Armory on Church Street. This event is put on each year by the Exchange Club of Lynchburg and is the place for Lynchburg families to be seen for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Local celebrities often man the pancake stations for this event, held from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Whatever activities you enjoy this week, be careful and be safe. Be prepared for the hurricane that will most likely impact our area. Check the links below for more information about safety, Halloween and Hurricane Sandy.