BREAKING: Storm expected to deliver heavy blow to area
Friday, 26 October 2012 11:43
Government agencies and public utilities are preparing to repond to the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to impact the mid-Atlantic region beginning on Sunday, with the most severe weather occurring on Monday and Tuesday.
    The forecast models — still subject to change — call for Sandy to make landfall somewhere between the Delmarva peninsula and mid-New Jersey,  bringing tropical force winds in the 50 miles-per-hour range to the region on Monday and Tuesday.
    Heavy rains could cause inland and coastal flooding. The extent of coastal flooding will depend on tide, storm surge and wind-driven tide, according to a Baltimore County government press release.
    County public safety officials recommend that residents be prepared to get through three days without power. Preparations this weekend should include the following:

   
    •Make sure you have battery-powered lanterns or flashlights and extra batteries. Fire officials discourage the use of candles during power outages.
    •Store enough water to last for three days -- at least a gallon per person, per day. County each pet as a person.
    •If you use medications, make sure you have enough to see you through the next week.
    •If you have loved ones with power-dependent health needs, make plans now for how they will receive care in an outage.
    •Clear leaves from storm drains and gutters. Clogged drains will exacerbate flooding problems, and clogged gutter increase the likelihood that your home interior will flood.
    •Secure outdoor furniture and other items.
    •Boat owners should secure their boats now.

    Once the storm begins, the following precautions are recommended:
    •Avoid driving, if possible.
    •If you use a generator in the event of a power outage, place it outdoors, at least 15 feet from your home. Generators produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.
    •Monitor news and weather forecasts.
    •Call 911 only for true emergencies.

    County Emergency Management officials will provide updates throughout the storm at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Alert/alert.html, as well as through Twitter; at www.twitter.com@BACOemergency.

    Baltimore Gas and Electric Company announced that it is monitoring the storm and pre-positioning crew to respond to any outages that occur.
    BGE also announced that it will provide preparation recommendations, information and updates at bge.com, as well as via BGE’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
    Customers also are reminded to call 877-778-2222 to report a power outage or downed wire using BGE’s automated system.