UNDATED (WTVB) - The Storm Surge from Hurricane Sandy has hit the east coast, flooding subways and leaving a large part of Manhattan in the dark, tearing up the boardwalk and leaving much of Atlantic City underwater. It’s left the Appalachians covered by snow and left millions without power and it’s not done yet.
Today it’s our turn.
Consumers Energy will be sending some staff to the east to assist in power restoration efforts, but spokesman Roger Morgenstern says they have decided to keep most of their crews in Michigan because of predictions of sustained winds of 31 to 34 MPH today with gusts up to 50 to 55MPH inland and 60 near the lake. A wind advisory is in effect until this evening.
Consumers Energy says you may need to do some hunkering down of your own as the wind speeds pick up today and power outages occur. The utility says it’s an early start to the winter season as far as they are concerned and a reminder that there are certain supplies you should have on hand, whether its for today’s storm, or the winter storms ahead.
That includes flashlights and a battery operated radio with fresh batteries. Prepare a list of emergency numbers and keep them near your phone and remember that many cordless phones won’t work with the power out.
That means you need a cell phone or an old fashioned hard wired phone. Keep a supply of canned food and a manual can opener, and extra bottled water if you water well runs on an electric pump.