Here comes Sandy: The essential info
UPDATE: Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.: The National Weather service says aside from some winds and light rain, conditions will gradually improve through Wednesday.
Oct. 29, 9 p.m: Sandy is now a "post-tropical cyclone" -- The National Hurricane Center says the storm "continues to lose tropical chatacteristics" since it made landfall. Sustained wind speeds still maxing out at 80 mph.
Oct. 29, 5 p.m.: National Weather Service says Sandy has max. sustained winds of 90 mph. They also remind us that today is the one-year anniversary of "Snowtober."
Oct. 29, 2 p.m.: National Weather Service says "worst of the wind" will occur now through 7 p.m. Gusts up to 80 mph are possible.
Oct. 29, 2 p.m.: Sandy is about 175 miles from New York City. National Hurricane Center says landfall will occur early this evening. Storm will bring "major coastal flooding and heavy rain."
Oct. 29, 8 a.m.: The National Weather Service is noting light precipitation in New England, with reports of splashover with the incoming tide. Wind gusts 35-40 KT along the coast. High wind and coastal flood warnings in effect.
Oct. 28, 11 p.m.: The National Weather Service says onshore winds will increase overnight, with spotty rain and a light drizzle. Hurricane Sandy "will bring damaging winds...heavy rains and coastal flooding to much of Southern New England."
Oct. 28, 8 p.m.: The National Hurricane Center says Sandy is expected to bring "life-threatening storm surge flooding to mid-Atlantic Coast," as well as strong winds and heavy Appalachian snow. Currently Sandy has 75 mph maximum sustained winds, and is about 485 miles from New York City.
Oct. 28, 5 p.m.: The National Weather Service says Hurricane Sandy will bring "damaging winds, heavy rains and coastal flooding to most of Southern New England Monday and Monday night...with some lingering effects into Tuesday."
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency on Sunday, which makes the state eligible for a variety of federal support.
"Out of concern for a prolonged and severe weather event, I felt that signing a declaration of emergency today was a prudent decision that will help us deploy important resources if and when the situation requires," Chafee said in a statement. "Given that predictions for Hurricane Sandy are still changing, I advise all Rhode Islanders to prepare themselves for power outages and other wind- and rain-related hazards."
Non-essential state offices closed for first shift Tuesday.
Cranston, Warwick and Johnston Public schools are closed Tuesday. CCRI, URI and RIC will be closed Tuesday. Full list of closures here.
T.F. Green Airport has cancelled all flights on Monday. Travelers are advised to check with their carriers. Area Amtrak service has been cancelled for Monday, and all local ports are closed as well. RIPTA service ended at noon Monday.
In the event of power outages, call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. The company has this announcement on their website:
"National Grid has been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since early last week and our preparations continue around the clock. We have been urging customers to take precautions and prepare for the potential for a major storm. Be prepared by having working flashlights, a battery operated radio and an extra set of batteries in your home. If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to only operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, be sure to disconnect from National Grids system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize crew and your safety."
A parking ban in Cranston will go into effect at noon Monday, and run through noon Tuesday. The Cranston Senior Center is also open now as an emergency shelter, located at 1070 Cranston Street. Cranston residents can turn to the city's emergency hotline for help, by calling 780-3243. They can also visit the city website for an emergency management checklist.
Trash pickup for Cranston is cancelled for Tuesday. Pickup will resume Wednesday, including bins normally picked up on Monday. For everyone else, there will be a one-day delay in your pickup schedule. Cranston Public Libraries will open at noon Tuesday.
In Warwick, there will be no trash/recycling pick up on Tuesday. McDermott Pool will be closed until Wednesday.
In Johnston, Town Hall will be reopen on Tuesday, and trash collection will be delayed one day (Moday on Tuesday)
Locally, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School at 2401 West Shore Rd. has been opened as an emergency shelter. Thayer Arena on Sandy Lane is being used to house pets, which should be dropped off with food, any medications and proof of vaccinations.
In Cranston, the Cranston Senior Center at 1070 is serving as an emergency shetler, open 24 hours a day.
In Johnston, anyone in need of shelter is urged to call the Johnston Police Department at 231-8100.
*As always, in the event of an emergency, dial 911.*
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