Fortunately for those still reeling from the effects of Sandy, the storm shouldn’t be anywhere near as dangerous, Accu-weather senior meterologist Alan Reppert said.
Storm conditions will begin Wednesday and continue overnight into Thurday. The Lehigh Valley could see wind gusts of 40 mph and about an inch of rain, Reppert said. The Poconos may see snow, depending on the storm’s track.
Jason Bobst, Pottstown Borough Manager, reported that the Borough of Pottstown has taken a number of steps to make sure residents have the services they need once the hurricane hits; and in the case of a worst possible scenario, a place to go!
The water and sewer plants have enough diesel fuel to run on until Tuesday, in the event electricity is lost.
A temporary shelter is being set up at Pottstown High School in the event that anyone in Western Montgomery County is forced from their home and needs shelter.
Jason is also asking residents to please not drive through barricaded areas where there is high water. Someone always does this and has to be rescued. FYI… if you do this and get caught you will get a summary violation and fined. This typically happens on Industrial Hwy or College Drive.
Borough employees are also ready to deal with fallen trees in the Hylton State Forest. They have the equipment in place to handle any trees that are toppled by the storm and dispose of them.
Pottstown will wait a while longer before deciding to declare a state of emergency. If this happens the borough will work with local fire departments to alert residents in the evacuation areas.
Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to the borough for being proactive!
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett declared a state of emergency today. Hurricane Irene is expected to dump up to ten inches of rain on southeastern Pennsylvania along with winds gusting to over 60 miles per hour!
Hurricane Irene is expected to reach southeastern Pennsylvania by Saturday.
Pennsylvanians can find suggestions on how to prepare for the storm at the website www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.