11:50 a.m. Monday:
SUNBURY - Area counties and the city of Sunbury have declared a state of emergency in an effort to coordinate all national, state, county ,and city emergency services to meet the needs of our residents.
"Our City wide emergency management team is working hard and will continue to prepare for all aspects of the storm," Sunbury Mayor David Persing said.
"Important information will be released for the citizens as the storm progresses. All citizen cooperation will be appreciated.”
Northumberland and Union counties also have made the emergency declarations.
The Northumberland County Emergency Operations Center has been elevated to a partial activation and is planning staffing for an initial 72 hour period.
11:03 a.m. Monday:
LEWISBURG - The SUN Area American Red Cross, serving Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties has three shelters in the area to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy as it rips through the Valley.
The three shelter locations are: Donald Eichorn Middle School, Washington Avenue in Lewisburg; Selinsgrove Area Middle School, 18th Street in Selinsgrove; and Shamokin Area High School, West State Street, Coal Twp.
Each shelter will have county animal rescue teams on site to assist with pets forced to evacuate with their families, said Aniie Smith, communications cordinator with the Red Cross. However, the Red Cross is encouraging those that can to make alternate arrangements for their pets, Smith said.
People with severe medical issues should also call 911 instead of reporting to their local shelter, Smith said.
The SUN Area Red Cross is updating their Facebook page frequently to keep people updated, Smith said. People in affected areas should also tune into their local media for updates on the storm, Smith said.
7:15 a.m. Monday:
By Alex Sosnowski
STATE COLLEGE — Damaging wind and stream and urban flooding are forecast for the Central Susquehanna Valley.
Sandy is forecast to make landfall later today in New Jersey and push inland over Pennsylvania. Since this will be such a large storm in terms of surface area, effects could equal a Category 1 or 2 hurricane.
Conditions will deteriorate across the region throughout the day today. People should be prepared for lengthy power outages and disruptions to travel.
At this time AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph over Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, gusts can be locally stronger over the ridges, in between buildings and through the mountain gaps.
Gusts this strong will down trees, power lines, send loose objects airborne and cause minor property damage.
Avoid walking or parking under trees, as large limbs can come down without notice.
Enough rain will fall in the local area to cause flash, urban and stream flooding. Fallen leaves will block storm drains, adding to the risk of flooding in city streets.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not believe enough rain will fall to cause major flooding along the Susquehanna River. However, the major rivers will have a significant rise in levels this coming week.
There will be major impact due to wind and flooding not only in northeastern Pennsylvania, but as far north as portions of New England, as far south as Norfolk, Va. and as far west as western Pennsylvania.
Alex Sosnowski is an expert senior meteorologist at Accuweather, based in State College.