In agreement with President Obama, “Check
on your neighbor” during Hurricane Sandy, I post the following information.
News – WPRI 12 reporters and meteorologists are tracking Hurricane Sandy and its potential impact as the storm makes its way north. This page collects all the latest headlines and vital information about Sandy.
Do you have photos and videos of storm preparations? Share them with us by emailing ReportIt@wpri.com.
- Bristol: Mandatory evacuation of coastline and low-lying areas at 6 a.m. Monday.
- Charlestown: Mandatory evacuation of beachfront homes by 7 a.m. Monday, including Charlestown Beach Road south of Creek Bridge; East Beach Road south of Overlook Road; West Beach Road south of Sunset Drive.
- Fall River: Mandatory evacuation of Atlantic Boulevard ordered at 8 p.m. Sunday.
- Middletown: Mandatory evacuation from 134 Aquidneck Ave. south and from 84 Purgatory Rd. west by 10 a.m. Monday (west side of lower Aquidneck Avenue out to Wave Avenue).
- Narragansett: Mandatory evacuation of all low-lying and flood-prone areas no later than 6 a.m. Monday.
- South Kingstown: Mandatory evacuations begin at 6 a.m. Monday.
- Tiverton: Mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas and mobile homes at 8 p.m. Sunday.
- Westerly: Mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas in Weekapaug, Watch Hill and Avondale with homes along the river, up to Stillman Avenue, by 8 p.m. Sunday.
At 5 p.m., Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 storm, with top sustained winds of 90 mph, and moving quickly. The storm is expected to make landfall along or just south of the Southern New Jersey coast early this evening. Southern New England will see Sandy’s most severe effects through 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.
A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday in Southern New England. Storm surge of 4 to 7 feet is likely, plus 10 to 15 foot breakers. Coastal flooding is likely over many beaches, roads and possibly homes, with the 8 p.m. high tide a major concern. Rainfall is expected to be moderate, with 1 to 2 inches in most areas.
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, with sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph and gusts near 75 mph. Power outages are likely due to downed trees and damaging winds. The scope of the power outages could be comparable or perhaps worse than what happened after Tropical Storm Irene last year.
- Detailed Forecast: Pinpoint Futurecast
- Pinpoint Weather: Hurricane Center
- Tony’s Pinpoint Weather Blog
Widespread power outages are predicted to be one of the biggest concerns when Hurricane Sandy impacts the area. National Grid has been assembling teams in preparation for the storm.
Strong winds from the storm could lead to downed trees and power lines. Before the storm arrives, home and business owners should remove dead limbs from trees, which could pose a problem.
For the latest power outages, check out the WPRI.com Real-Time Power Outage Database. To report an outage to National Grid, call 1-800-465-1212.
In the event of power outages, you will want the following in your Emergency Supply Kit:
- Working flashlights
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra supply of batteries
If you lose power, you can also get storm updates from the Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Team on the radio, on 98.1 Cat Country.
Natural gas service could be interrupted along the New England coast if there is extensive flooding.
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