Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit us hard on Monday, losing power is a threat. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally, if the temperature in the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
As predicted earlier, Sandy's most severe wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.
After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it. Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of most severe intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target. "Like a large nor'easter on steroids" According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now. Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." "Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather. That means the driving …
Hurricane Sandy put Easton at a stand-still and closed schools two days in a row.
5:00 p.m. Tuesday The following is a message from Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge: The Easton Emergency Management Team reports that the as of 4pm on Tuesday all roads are open in Easton and passable. Town Departments responded to over 230 calls for service from 6:00 A.M. on Monday through approximately 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday. Majority of the calls as anticipated were related to trees and wires down from the strong winds. There were several localized areas with flooding due to blocked culvert from leaves. No injuries or wide spread damage occurred, there were several homes damaged by falling trees. The outstanding issues from the storm remain power issues, tree calls and debris clean up. Response to the outages continue, and National Grid …
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Easton Town Administrator David Colton gave a "State of the Town" Monday afternoon.
Town Administrator David Colton said Easton is working with a National Grid liaison to quickly restore power outages and the town is not expecting a response as bad as last year's Hurricane Irene response. Colton said the storm is likely to pick up late in the day Monday and more wires are expected to fall. He reiterated that emergency officials are "working around the clock." Colton urged residents to be cautions and the Easton Emergency Management team issued a statement Monday asking residents to prepare for what could be multiple hours and even days of outages.
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Monday, October 29, 2012
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Sustained winds are now at 90 mph.
Hurricane Sandy has picked up ferocity as it hits the east coast. The National Hurricane Center reports that the sustained wind speeds are up to 90 mph. The Greater Boston, Cape Cod and Rhode Island areas should feel the full force of Sandy Monday afternoon and into the evening. Effects of Sandy should stretch into Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. 7News’ Chris Lambert is reporting the wind speeds could reach 70 mph along the coastline this afternoon with inland wind more in the 40-60 mph range with lesser wind speeds the farther you go inland. The National Hurricane Center expects hurricane force winds on the Cape and Rhode Island and tropical storm force winds north of the Cape to the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Rain should be…
Worst part of Hurricane Sandy for New England is expected to be from noon through 9 p.m. on Monday.
As of 5 a.m., the National Weather Service Hurricane Center has Hurricane Sandy is about 385 miles south, southeast of New York City. The storm is traveling at approximately 15 mph toward the north. It is expected to turn northwest today, then turn toward the west-northwest tonight. The center of Sandy will move over the coast of the mid-atlantic states in the evening hours. According to reports, Sandy is a hybrid storm, meaning it is a huge Nor’easter with a hurricane in the middle. The storm is currently measuring 900 miles wide, making it the second largest storm on record. Hurricane force winds are expected along portions of the coast between Chincoteague, Virginia and Chatham, Massachusetts. This includes the coasts of Rhode Island. …
The president of National Grid offered an update on Monday afternoon about the company's preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy.
There are more than 1,300 electric crews on the ground in Massachusetts ready to restore power in the National Grid service area once Hurricane Sandy blows through. That’s according to Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. She met with the press on Monday afternoon in a conference call for about 20 minutes where she said the company has been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since last Monday. As of mid afternoon Monday, the hardest hit areas included Quincy on the South Shore and Salem on the North Shore, she said. “Many utilities have been able to send crews and they are here,” she said. National Grid’s 16,000 employees are “all hands on deck,” from line crews to office staff, who are working to coordinate lodging for the …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
With the state bracing for Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Patrick is urging communities to close schools Monday and asking residents to stay off the roads, and says coastal communities may need to be evacuated.
As Hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast, Gov. Deval Patrick held another press conference Sunday afternoon to update the public about Hurricane Sandy, urging residents to stay off the roads and asked communities to close schools. "Soon the entire commonwealth will feel the effects of the hurricane," Patrick said. The National Weather Service reports that New England will likely see damaging winds, major flooding and beach erosion. "To help keep the roads clear for emergency personnel and to keep people safe from flying limbs and debris or from down power lines, I am first of all requesting all schools including colleges and early education programs to close Monday, for the safety of students and employees alike," Patrick said. …