Stay off the road if you are nonessential. Stay out of the water , period. Still, some people think they can do whatever they want and they get themselves hurt and others hurt as well. Hurricane Sandy will start to pick up steam in the area by about 8:15 a.m. Winds are already starting to cause havoc.
A major accident has been reported on Interstate 95 just south of Girard Ave. Twopeople were seriously hurt and now the expressway is closed to all non essential vehicles. Police/ Fire /EMS , utility workers.press are the only people authorized to be on the road during a state of emergency in Pennsylvania.
You do not need to go shopping today, therefore all stores should be closed. You do not need to get to work at Burger King. No one is going to be allowed to drive to the mall so all malls should be closed. Convenience stores like WAWA and 7-11 are open to serve emergency responders. For now. When the power goes out, lookout. Literally.
Traffic lights will not be powered by generators until after the storm. That is if your municipality has them. Alarm systems will malfunction. NOW is the time to charge your batteries for your cellphone. Those of you with Fios will have no phone , internet or tv. Stores have been sold out of generators all week.
Police get calls for neighbor fights over generators. Most of the time is it is too loud. A good way around that is to approach your neighbors without generators and offer to store their food ( or some of it) in the fridge. Problem solved.
If you do not have a generator, take a photo of your food in the fridge or freezer. Tape it to the outside. You now know where the food is and will not have to hunt for it. You the doors quickly and keep it cold longer. Do not Barbeque inside. Nor should you run a generator inside.This includes the garage.
Be prepared for roads that are impassable. The electric company will be aware of your power outage. If 25 people on your block are without power , expect it to be off for days. Hospitals and fire stations come first. Have cash. If you can get out and find a store open, debit cards and credit cards might not be accepted due to communication problems.
Areas inside the city may have little storm damage except for a few downed trees. suburban areas can expect to be wiped out. Communities in Yardley, New Hope, Bristol Borough that sit along the river can expect to be under water for days.
If you have been told to evacuate do it now. You do not want to be told by the 911 operator that help is not coming cause it is dangerous. You are on your own. Take your pets with you. Dive west, away from the river.
People that live near creeks and streams also will be in trouble during this storm. A nice creek that was pretty to look at last week will turn into a raging torrent of water in minutes. If you have candles, not not leave them unattended. Keep them away from pets and anything the flame could catch on fire.
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