The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 1, 2012

Here's how Hurricane Sandy is affecting Pennsylvania today

— INJURIES/DEATHS: Twelve people were killed, including four who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from generator fumes in separate incidents: A 66-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman, an 86-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman.

Two women died after an early morning electrical fire in suburban Philadelphia only hours after power was restored to the home, and police said the blaze is considered storm-related.

An 86-year-old South Whitehall Township resident died from hypothermia after being found unresponsive in her yard after prolonged exposure to the storm.

An 8-year-old Susquehanna County boy died when a tree limb fell on him. In Berks County, a 62-year-old man was killed after a tree fell atop his house.

A man trimming a tree in preparation for the storm fell and died in Lancaster County.

A vehicle passenger died in Somerset County when the car she was riding in slid off a snowy, slushy road and overturned into a pond.

A 17-year-old riding an ATV in Northampton County died after striking a fallen tree during the storm.

In addition, a York County woman was charged after she jumped into a raging creek to "save" a couple dozen wild ducks.

— POWER OUTAGES: About 475,000 customers remained without power by late afternoon Thursday, from a peak of more than 1.2 million customers throughout Pennsylvania on Tuesday, according to utilities FirstEnergy, Peco and PPL. That figure ranks among the top three storms ever with hurricanes Agnes (1972) and Floyd (1999), according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Gov. Tom Corbett said he is working to ensure that power outages caused by this week's storm will not interfere with voting for president and other major offices next week.

— WEATHER STATISTICS: Clear skies, no precipitation and colder temperatures were in the forecast for Pennsylvania through the weekend. Hanover received the most rain in the state from the storm, with 8.15 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The highest recorded winds in Pennsylvania were in Allentown, at 81 mph.

— SHELTERS: The Red Cross closed all but two of its emergency shelters in Pennsylvania; the Norristown, Montgomery County, and Bristol, Bucks County shelters remained open Thursday. Pennsylvania opened "mega-shelters" at two state-owned universities to help 1,800 people left homeless in New Jersey and New York as well as Pennsylvania.

— VOTING: Officials say they expect next Tuesday's election to proceed without significant problems in Pennsylvania, as voting precincts are a priority for repair crews, after hospitals and other critical care facilities. Corbett also ordered counties where election offices were closed this week to extend the deadline for absentee voters until 5 p.m. Monday to submit their ballots, either by mail or in person.

— QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Compared with the people in Atlantic City, we are lucky ones." — Loan Tran, while cleaning up branches in front of her Glenside home, which was badly damaged last year during Hurricane Irene but survived Sandy relatively unscathed.


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