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Corbett Issues State of Emergency for Hurricane Sandy; Tips on How to Protect Your Family

by on October 26, 2012 1:09 PM

Updated at 5:46 p.m.

Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

Earlier at 1:09 p.m.

The National Weather Service has announced there could be severe weather across Pennsylvania from Sunday to Wednesday – also known as Halloween 2012.

Forecasters are predicting that what remains of Hurricane Sandy as the storm moves up the East Coast will mix with a growing trough of low pressure over the eastern part of the country to form a powerful coastal storm system. Across Pennsylvania, potential hazards associated with this storm include heavy rainfall, high winds and a chance for substantial snowfall in some areas of the state.

According to Penn State Live, inclement weather is expected to start in the area on Sunday night. Across Pa., the National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding, with the total amount of expected rainfall increasing from the west to the east. In eastern Pa., the storm may produce damaging winds – especially on Oct. 29 and 30 – and tidal flooding along the Delaware River.

Central Pa. could experience strong winds and a chance for snow at higher elevations. Western Pa. may experience strong winds and substantial snowfall, particularly in the southwest.

In State College, the downtown Halloween parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday and trick-or-treat in the Borough is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. No changes have been announced yet. 

The local weather forecast calls for showers starting on Saturday afternoon.

The Family Handyman provides tips for how to prep your home, protect your family and minimize costly damage.

  • Trim troublesome trees: Storms wreck havoc on trees—be sure to have a professional remove or trim large, high branches that are a threat to you, your property and neighbors.
  • Invest in an emergency generator: Hurricanes and other windstorms frequently cause power outages, but an emergency generator will enable you to run essential appliances and lights.
  • Prepare an emergency care kit: Make sure you assemble a survival kit so you have it ready when a natural disaster hits.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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