As you are all aware, Hurricane Sandy has turned into the biggest storm in app 150 years. As I sit here typing, we are getting some rain from this storm front and she has yet to make landfall. The scope of this storm as it converges with two other fronts is beyond anyone’s imagination.
We are on the path of the storm, here in North Central PA. As a matter of fact last I heard the center is heading right for us. So although we do not live in a flood area we are only minutes from the Susquehanna River. The city of Williamsport was prone to flooding in the past. Today we have a dike system that has held up in the worse of storms and floods from years past. Last year at this time we had the rain effects from Hurricane Irene and there was concern that the dike would not hold and it did. As Hurricane Sandy moves up and leaves disasters in her wake, we pray that again our dike system holds up.
Pennsylvania has already been declared an State of Emergency, along with 8 other states. And tomorrow into Tuesday we are on alert for high winds, power outages and flash flooding from the rivers and creeks. Once Loyalsock Creek overflows her banks I will have only one way into work. If we get the amount rain they are forecasting we are likely to get flooding from backed up storm sewers that will surely overflow as the rain comes down faster than they can drain. But for now, my office is closed and I am able to wait out the storm at home.
This may be my last post for a few days if we lose power. So for now we are battening down the hatches as we prepare for the worse and hope for the best.
As bad as it will get here in PA, the folks along the New England and Canadian coasts are going to get the brunt of it. Our prayers are for everyone that is in this storms path, from North Carolina to New Jersey and New York City, through Pennsylvania and right on up to Maine and into parts of Canada.