Sandy is knocking on NEPA’s door, and those who can should keep that door shut. While the rain and wind weren’t strong for the morning commute, they will be for the ride home. Most area schools, and many other facilities, are closed. Flights and bus runs are canceled and driving will get tricky as the outer bands of the megastorm known as Hurricane Sandy blow around NEPA.
The National Weather Service says today’s heavier rains will begin after 11 a.m. The high will climb to near 57. The north wind at 11 to 16 mph will increase to 25 to 31 mph in the afternoon. New daytime precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible. The rain will continue tonight when the low dips to around 48. It will be very windy, with a northeast blast of 25 to 31 mph, and gusts up to 46 mph. New nighttime precipitation amounts of between thee quarters and an inch are possible.
Richard Beasley, regional spokesman for PPL Electric Utilities, said some consumers should be prepare for lengthy power outages.
“Even with the best of preparation, people are going to lose power,” Mr. Beasley said. “We are not talking hours here. In some cases, we may be talking days, depending on the weather.”