Sunday, October 28, 2012
The state will undoubtedly experience strong weather conditions as federal officials declare Sandy's landfall to be anywhere from Delaware to RI.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
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…
There is a high wind watch in effect Monday morning through Monday night.
Sunday 12:33 p.m. – Governor Chafee has declared a state of emergency today, and he will be on a conference call with other governors and President Obama later today. He said a decision on canceling schools, work and evacuating will be left to individual communities, after he had a conference call with town managers and mayors. He said a decision whether to cancel the day for state workers will be made later today by his office. According to Kevin McBride of the Rhode Island National Guard, already there are 2,100 National Grid employees stationed and on-call in anticipation of power outages. About 200 National Guard members are also available. Senator Jack Reed says a FEMA response team is already on the ground in Rhode Island. He said …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The storm was temporarily downgraded to a tropical storm but strengthened Saturday. Current projections have Rhode Island outside the cone of probability, but bad weather is still expected.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Sandy is a hurricane once again. The storm had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but strengthened early Saturday. Winds are now again exceeding 75 mph, the threshold of a hurricane. The NOAA has issued warnings and watches to the Southeastern parts of the country as of its 5 a.m. bulletin, and said those up the Eastern seaboard need to prepare for its impact. The storm is moving North-Northeast at 10 mph and an increase in intensity and speed possible tonight and Sunday, according to the NOAA. The most recent forecast shows Rhode Island is now outside the cone of probable landfall, which is expected to be in the Virginia/Delaware area. But that doesn't mean Rhode …