Some think that because Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in the Delmarva area, New York will be spared. Don't get your hopes up! The most damage occurs to the North and East of landfall for East Coast storms. A tropical depression can do a lot of damage all by itself. Now add wind from a tropical storm or hurricane, then top it off with a moon tide of three more feet at the peak of the storm. Add a dash of storm surge from an East Coast wind. You now have a recipe for disaster. With a cold front slowing the storm down these conditions could last over 24 hours as well.
What should you do? With a reasonably good forecast for Saturday, it might be a good day to bring in the Halloween decorations as they can become projectiles in high wind. You wouldn't want your neighbor getting stabbed in the back by your front lawn resident witch, would you?
Things like patio sets, garbage cans, chairs, decorations and even left over tomatoes on the vine should be brought in or discarded. Placing garbage cans in your garage (detached at least) would be a very good idea.
Make sure that any propane tanks are secured and the valve fully turned off. Move BBQ grills to a safe place or your garage. They can become kites in a strong wind, and loaded with propane they are quite dangerous!
Before the storm hits fill up your gas tank. fill up gas cans you might need for generators and even for your cars in the event that power is lost for several days. Gas stations cannot pump gas without electricity.
Make sure you have adequate supplies of batteries, flashlights, water, food, a battery operated radio and a reasonably well stocked first aid kit.
If you have multiple cell phones we suggest that you leave all but one off at any given time. Forwarding calls from the others to that one cell phone will enable you to have spares in the event you cannot charge them for a while.
Think ahead, and prepare for the worst. It usually doesn't happen, but it could! This storm has the potential to wreak havoc on the entire East coast.
Have I forgotten anything? Let me know...
Stay safe, and stay dry!
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