The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 28, 2012

Pennsylvania braces for powerful wind and rain

The Daily Item

— STATE COLLEGE – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Central Susquehanna Valley from noon Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Winds are expected to reach 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 60 mph.

Winds at this speed will damage trees and bring down power lines in some areas.

In addition, rainfall from Hurricane Sandy will reach 3 to 6 inches across the region, the National Weather Service reports today.

The heaviest rain will fall during Monday and Monday night. A flood watch has been issued. Watch for flooding in streams, creeks and in poor drainage areas.

“We’re facing a very real possibility of widespread, prolonged power outages,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Ruth Miller after officials conferred with National Weather Service offices serving the commonwealth.

“People need to be getting supplies to prepare themselves for several days in their home without power,” she said.

Gov. Tom Corbett declared a disaster emergency on Friday, activating the state Emergency Operations Center and authorizing the transfer of $5 million in surplus funds to pay for disaster-related expenses.