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Federal Officials: 'Time to Act is Now'

The state will undoubtedly experience strong weather conditions as federal officials declare Sandy's landfall to be anywhere from Delaware to RI.


Federal emergency management and weather officials said Sunday that the time for preparing for Hurricane Sandy is rapidly coming to an end, and that Rhode Island is potentially in the storm's crosshairs.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, adminstrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "People need to be acting about now."

Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect as many as 50 million people as it makes its westward turn toward the East Coast.

While the most recent maps show the center of the storm tracking toward New Jersey, forecasters are hesitant to pinpoint a specific area for landfall.

Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, said forecasters are still looking for the storm to come ashore somewhere between the Delmarva coastline and Rhode Island.

Knabb cautioned the public not to focus on the track of the center of the storm or that it is a category one hurricane.

"I don't want folks to focus on the time of arrival because conditions are already starting to go down hill in coastal areas," said Knabb. "The system is large and of long duration...it could be a two-day event in many locations including inland locations."

Heavy winds are expected from the Carolinas to New England through the middle of the week. Those winds are expected to cause massive power outages. One estimate from Johns Hopkins University places the number of estimated outages at 10 million along the Mid-Atlantic to New England.

Storm and tidal surges will combine along the coast and could produce flooding as much as 11 feet above ground level. Westerly officials have already ordered a mandatory evacuation of coastal communities and several school districts have already canceled classes for Monday.

Ralph Doliber October 31, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I found this statement rather funny! As in funny scary.. ""The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, adminstrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "People need to be acting about now." Mr Fugate from FEMA says the time for "PREPARING" is over! Isn't "preparing" what one DOES to be 'prepared' for an emergency??
c October 31, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Does anyone know if Swarovski Crystals at 1Kenney Drive is closed? They sent my a +260$ package and UPS lost it, now nobody is liable for it, and they don't want to refund my money! I have called then and they have said evrything is delayed bc of Sandy
Lorraine F October 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Interesting question. At around 3 pm on Monday, when people were supposed to be evacuating, I saw a Fed Ex truck driving around dropping off packages.
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