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Federal Officials: 'Time to Act is Now'

The state will undoubtedly experience strong weather conditions as federal officials declare Sandy's landfall to be anywhere from Delaware to RI.


Federal emergency management and weather officials said Sunday that the time for preparing for Hurricane Sandy is rapidly coming to an end, and that Rhode Island is potentially in the storm's crosshairs.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, adminstrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "People need to be acting about now."

Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect as many as 50 million people as it makes its westward turn toward the East Coast.

While the most recent maps show the center of the storm tracking toward New Jersey, forecasters are hesitant to pinpoint a specific area for landfall.

Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, said forecasters are still looking for the storm to come ashore somewhere between the Delmarva coastline and Rhode Island.

Knabb cautioned the public not to focus on the track of the center of the storm or that it is a category one hurricane.

"I don't want folks to focus on the time of arrival because conditions are already starting to go down hill in coastal areas," said Knabb. "The system is large and of long duration...it could be a two-day event in many locations including inland locations."

Heavy winds are expected from the Carolinas to New England through the middle of the week. Those winds are expected to cause massive power outages. One estimate from Johns Hopkins University places the number of estimated outages at 10 million along the Mid-Atlantic to New England.

Storm and tidal surges will combine along the coast and could produce flooding as much as 11 feet above ground level. Westerly officials have already ordered a mandatory evacuation of coastal communities and several school districts have already canceled classes for Monday.

Julie October 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Does anyone know if there will be trash pickup Monday (or, how I can find out) ??
Joseph Hutnak October 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Hi Julie: No trash collection on Monday. Town Hall is closed.
Gustavo October 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
yeah if your house is still there....go get ready to protect yourself- hope for the best but always trained, planned and prepared for the worst, and stop worrying about the banal things..and to answer your question no it is not, now go get ready...
Erika Forrester October 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
No trash pick up monday or tuesday in coventry!
Joseph Hutnak October 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
[My note refers to Johnston, by the way.]
Lauren Costa (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Yes, there will be no trash pickup on Monday or Tuesday in Coventry. See additional updates for the town here: http://patch.com/A-zbPY
Julie October 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thank you!
Memere October 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Does anyone know if there will be trash pick-up in Woonsocket on Monday or Tuesday?
stacy v October 28, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Does anyone know what wind gusts/ speeds are required for them to close the Mt. Hope bridge? I have to work tomorrow and hoping i don't get stuck and can't cross to get home.. thanks.
PC401 October 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Fear Monger.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hi Stacy - I don't remember the exact number, but it was mid-50s for commercial trucks / trailers and mid-60s for passenger cars, at least for the Pell Bridge. I believe the Mt. Hope Bridge has a similar threshold.
Joe Sousa. October 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM
When you see all the political signs going air born. That's a Hurricane.
IMHO October 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
@stacy v ... According to the state police, there is a strong chance that the Pell Bridge, Jamestown and Mt. Hope bridges will be closed as of 6 a.m. Monday. They’re closed at specific wind speeds, around 65 miles per hour, for commercial vehicles.
stacy v October 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
great.. i am going to have a crazy long commute to work tomorrow then... is there a way we can be alerted if it's closed via mobile or something? Didn't know if there was some alert type of app or text thing.. thanks..
Debbie Tremblay October 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Does anyone know if the Woonsocket Library will also be closed tomorrow? Thanks
Russell Archambault October 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Does anybody know if the john dion and mr.larry talk show will be aired tomorow?
Mike Conn October 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Does anyone know where i left my socks? White gym socks with green stripes
Robert Farebrother October 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Yeah big bags of wind from Washington DC
Leave RI October 29, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Oh Boy..help Lauren, Stephen and Joseph...it's "Polidwins Rule"..after so many posts it turns weather subject into...socks and john and dion
Carol Palmer October 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
good one
Govstench October 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
@IMHO - the state must keep one bridge available to the residents of Jamestown in the event of emergencies, they can't landlock it. The Jamestown Bridge would be the likely one to remain available.
Gustavo October 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
LOL...not scared at all...
IMHO October 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
@Govstench ... I copied and pasted a quote from another article. Sorry I didn't add the quotation marks. However just because the bridges are "closed" doesn't mean emergency vehicles or personnel won't be allowed to cross. That's common sense, which I do realize is not all that common any more. If it is in the best interest of public safety then ALL of the bridges will be officially closed.
Leave RI October 29, 2012 at 02:04 AM
yes Carol..I meant to reply to that comment. I think it was meant to show we're off track
English first October 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Did you mean Monday or Tuesday in Coventry?
Ralph Doliber October 31, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I found this statement rather funny! As in funny scary.. ""The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, adminstrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "People need to be acting about now." Mr Fugate from FEMA says the time for "PREPARING" is over! Isn't "preparing" what one DOES to be 'prepared' for an emergency??
c October 31, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Does anyone know if Swarovski Crystals at 1Kenney Drive is closed? They sent my a +260$ package and UPS lost it, now nobody is liable for it, and they don't want to refund my money! I have called then and they have said evrything is delayed bc of Sandy
Lorraine F October 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Interesting question. At around 3 pm on Monday, when people were supposed to be evacuating, I saw a Fed Ex truck driving around dropping off packages.
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