Latest News: States Prepare for Dangerous Sandy

By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 27, 2012; 2:55 AM
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States are preparing as Sandy moves along the East Coast of the U.S.

The states of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York have declared a state of emergency as they await impacts from Sandy. The reason for declaring a state of emergency is to allow emergency response teams to be activated so they can begin preparing to respond. This allows the teams to move quickly as emergency situations occur.

State emergency officials for the state of Pennsylvania are advising residents statewide to make sure they have enough food, water and batteries at home to support them for three days. Senator Bob Casey's office has request FEMA be prepared to help Pennsylvania if the need should arise.

Sandy is currently a hurricane located off the East Coast of the U.S.

The barrier islands off of Cape May county New Jersey began voluntary evacuations Friday afternoon.

Some airlines are issuing flight waivers for people who will be missing flights due to Sandy. American Airlines was one of the first to do so. Check with your airline for the latest news.

AccuWeather meteorologist predict Sandy will make landfall somewhere between the Delmarva Peninsula and Long Island, Monday night or Tuesday morning.

For all the latest statistics on Sandy, visit the AccuWeather hurricane center.

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