EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPREPARING FOR SANDY
from Eyewitness News Online
Hurricane Sandy May Bring Heavy Rain, High Winds, And Even Snow To Our Area
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Oct. 26, 2012 5:48 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 26, 2012 6:06 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Preparing for the worst while we wait and see what happens with hurricane Sandy.
“We are preparing for the possibility of a storm,” said AEP Director of Communication Jeri Matheney.
Appalachian Power crews are staying in contact with workers in neighboring states in case they need to request or even send additional crews.
“We're not going to release those people until we know the affect the storm might have on our area,” said Matheney.
Power outages could be a big problem locally with potential high winds, heavy rain, and wet snow. The current forecast track brings Sandy into our area Monday with impacts possible through Wednesday.
All of those colorful fall leaves we’ve been enjoying could actually cause even more problems.
“In the areas where we do expect snow most of the leaves have fallen from the trees because they're at a higher elevation,” said Matheney.
Foresters are also on standby. They’re trained to help cut trees and even help the DOH if needed.
“Really it's just a wait and see,” said Fire Specialist Jeremy Jones, “Today we're hot and dry we're out fighting forest fires and now potentially we may have to go up in the mountains and help with a potential snow storm.”
Mary Ramones is in town from Florida for her nieces wedding. She says dealing with a hurricane and snow is not something she was expecting.
“I guess I have to go out and buy a coat and some boots,” said Ramones.
It may not be a bad time to go over that winter weather checklist. Make sure you have three days worth of food and water, flashlights and batteries, blankets, and a battery powered radio.
Learning from the June 29th derecho, it’s also recommended to have a generator and gasoline. The good news is forecasters are not expecting the widespread damage experienced from that storm.
The Department of Highways says they’re also preparing for the potential snow storm. They have contacted local emergency management officials to make sure they too are preparing at the local level.
Make sure you keep it tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest forecast this weekend and next week.
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