The storm has been a slow build up as it is some distance from the coast and southward from the DC Metro. It has been traveling northward at between 13 and 15 mph. Its trajectory is to make land between Philadelphia and New Jersey as it will grind into Manhattan.
Monday, however, cranking up full steam at about 8 a.m., Sandy will rake the nation’s capital. We have experienced this before in the past 10 years or so, wind gusts between 25 and 50 mph and lots of rain and squalls. The storm will reach full force for the area at 1 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. before exiting the Atlantic mid section.
Power lines may tumble by noon in some places. Anticipate power outages overnight. Have your warm clothes and blankets ready as the temperatures will be in the 40’s outside.
By Tuesday, expect much improvement, sunshine and warmer temperatures.
If you have not done it yet, fill containers with water and place them in the freezer as that will help extend preservation as well as provide an additional source of drinking water.
After showering in the morning, fill the tub with water. Fill sinks, pots and pans with water too as that may be used for flushing toilets and back up drinking water as needed.
If you don’t have crackers, peanut butter, bread and such, get it in the morning but only if it is safe outside and it may not be. After 8 a.m., all bets are off.
The emergency is officially in effect.
“Arlington County Declares Emergency, Activates Emergency Operations Center
County manager urges residents to prepare.
By Arlington Patch Staff Report
Arlington County officials issued the following information for residents.
County Manager Barbara Donnellan today signed a Declaration of Local Emergency for Arlington County in response to Hurricane Sandy. The County is activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to manage storm response. The hurricane is projected to impact the Arlington area with heavy rain and damaging winds from late Sunday night through Tuesday night.
This storm is expected to produce rainfall of between 5 and 10 inches in our area, which could cause localized flooding on area streets, low-lying areas, creeks and streams. The County expects significant tree damage, and residents, businesses and visitors should plan for widespread power outages as a result.
To stay informed, continue to monitor Arlington Alert, the County website (www.arlingtonva.us), local news and weather stations, and all other news channels.
What Residents Can Do to Prepare
Have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio in case power goes out. Ensure mobile phones are fully charged. (And consider plugging in your old-fashioned land-line phone.)
Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit, medication, and other supplies.
Don’t forget your pets and others who may need special assistance, including elderly neighbors.
With heavy winds expected, ensure outside items in yards and on decks and patios are secure.
Clean out gutters, storm drains, etc. (keeping drains clear of trash, leaves and branches) so rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding. Also rake leaves to cut down on flying debris and prevent clogged storm drains.
Have a communications plan. Make sure all family members understand who to call if you get separated.
If you live in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to relocate your family and vehicle before flood waters have an impact. If you are driving and see a street that is flooded, turn around.
More details on the County website , including who to call after the storm, clean-up tips, handling home damage, and more. We will continue to update this page throughout the storm response; check back for updates or sign up for an RSS feed.
Emergency Winter Shelter Opening
The Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS) at Courthouse will open today, Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3pm and will stay open as long as needed (it normally opens Nov. 1). A-SPAN is conducting outreach to let the homeless population know this resource is available.
Key Phone Numbers
Write these down or print them out so you have then handy in case you lose power.
Power Outages: Dominion Virginia Power, 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Natural Gas Emergencies: Washington Gas 703-750-1400 or 800-752-7520. If you smell gas, leave and call 9-1-1. Washington Gas Safety Page
Trees Down: 703-228-6525
Street Flooding, Water, Sewer and Storm-sewer: 703-228-6555 (emergency hotline)
(Note: During high rains, call volume is often greater than normal. Operators will respond to your call as soon as they can.)
Traffic Signal Outages: 703-228-6511
Dominion Power Update
Dominion is currently expecting significant impact from the effects of Hurricane Sandy for much of their service territory. Their Northwest Regional Storm Center is regularly providing updates to government Emergency Operation Center (EOCs) in the region. Other news from Dominion:
Dominion will open its Northwest Regional Storm Center at 6AM Monday October 29.
8,800 medical condition customers have been contacted via automated calling feature, in preparation of Hurricane Sandy, with the following message: This is an important message from Dominion. In advance of Hurricane Sandy, customers with medical needs should make preparations for extended outages. Participation in the medical needs program does not mean that you will be the first to have power restored. Please make an emergency plan for backup power or arrangements to relocate until power can be restored to your home.
They are working to secure additional resources to complement line, patrol and support teams.
Additional tree crews are on hand to assist with restoration efforts.
Trash and Recycling Update
From the Department of Environmental services: All Monday and Tuesday collection services – trash, recycling, brush and leaf collection – will be deferred to Wednesday due to inclement weather. Please do not put your trash or recycling on the curb on Monday or
Tuesday. Bagged leaves should be brought back from the curb to avoid leaves blowing into the street and storm drains. Once the storm has passed, crews will work to catch up on the collection schedule by the end the week (Saturday COB).
Monday/Tuesday customers should put bring trash and recycling to the curb on Wednesday morning
Wednesday/Thursday customers should bring trash and recycling to the curb on Thursday
Friday customers should still put their trash and recycling on the curb on Friday
Please continue to watch for an announcement regarding brush collection following the storm. Additional services may be provided depending on the amount of storm damage.
For more information, see our special section on Hurricane Sandy in Arlington.”