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Sandy landfall is Monday night but the worst of the storm will be ahead of the center. Sandy's impact will likely be worse than Irene last year, perhaps much worse. Flooding rain will be rampant from Virginia to New England, with 5-10 inches in some areas. Heavy, wet snow will fall in parts of the central Appalachians. Snowfall of one to three feet are possible in the high mountains of West Virginia. Some snow could accumulate into the higher elevations of western Pennsylvania and extreme western New York. This too will lead to the risk for power outages. Overall, economic impacts of this storm will be in the billions of dollars.
From AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Smith's blog, here are some tips for disaster preparation:
-Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if you doctor must approve the refill.-Vote. If the stronger models are correct, power could still be out in some paces on election day. Regardless, that is one less thing you will need to do. The election will not (and shouldn't be) postponed.-If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. If you don't have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a "poor man's generator" and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar charged.-Keep your car's gas tank full. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and you know your chimney is clear, get wood. Keep some indoors to keep it dry during the storm. You may need it to heat your home.-If you live in a 100-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures. Purchase extra staples. Without power, stores will be closed.-Purchase booster batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.-If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now. Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a month. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without power for weeks.-Be proactive. If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.-Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king.
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