States along the East Coast of the U.S., have declared a state of emergency in preparation for Sandy's arrival.
Once the state of emergency is declared, what happens? What kind of programs are put into place? Below you can find out what a state of emergency status means for each state.
A state of emergency order was signed by Governor Bob McDonnell on Friday. In a press release, McDonnell said the state of emergency was declared to allow a fully coordinated state response to challenges during initial local recovery efforts.
The full resources of the state are made available to support communities in need after Sandy's impacts. The implementation of the state of emergency will allow personnel, equipment and supplies to be on scene in a shorter amount of time.
Below, is a list of ways the state agencies in Virginia are preparing for Sandy:
The above information was provided by www.governor.virginia.gov.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray declared a state of emergency on Saturday and began meeting with District officials to coordinate storm preparations.
Below is a list of events put in place with the declaration of the state of emergency in Washington, D.C.:
The above information was provided by www.mayor.dc.gov.
The rough surf from Hurricane Sandy pounds the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 28,2012. Photograph is courtesy of Ocean City resident Brooke N.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the state of emergency order on Friday. O'Malley urged Maryland residents to prepare for impacts from Sandy.
Below is a list of some of the things the state of emergency puts into place for Maryland:
The information above was provided by www.governor.maryland.gov.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
In a post to youtube, Corbett outlined the following state preparations for Sandy:
Some of the above information is from the Governor Corbett youtube video and some is from the PEMA website.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did a video press release when he declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
Below you will find some of the most important points from the governor's speech:
New York Governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Since that time, preparations for Sandy's arrival have begun in the state.
The above information was found on the www.governor.ny.gov website.
The governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Below are some ways the state of Massachusetts is preparing for impact from Sandy:
The information given above can be found on the www.masslive.com web page.
The focus for severe storms will move into the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, bringing the threat for damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall.
While additional strong thunderstorms will roll through portions of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma on Tuesday, the risk of tornadoes has diminished.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.
Strong thunderstorms are impacting areas from Texas to Louisiana with large hail, damaging winds and a risk of tornadoes.
The atmospheric severe weather engine began firing on all cylinders this past weekend and reached full speed Monday over Oklahoma.
Preliminary reports are calling it an EF-4 tornado that has caused numerous fatalities and injuries in Moore, Okla.
Hallam, NE (2004)
The "Hallam" tornado touched on the ground for 2.5 miles and reached F4 status at it's peak intensity. 95% if the town of Hallan's buildings were damages or destroyed.
Sichuan Province China (1986)
More than 35,000 homes and 7,700 acres of crops were destroyed by a devastating hailstorm. Reports indicated that 100 people were killed and 9,000 injured. (Reports vary as to the exact date of the hailstorm.)
Atlantic City, NJ (1991)
Record high of 89 degrees after a record low of 38 degrees. Record lows were also set May 19,20, & 21st.