Hurricane Sandy 10/29/12 - 15:00 LCDPS Briefing / SITREP

posted Oct 29, 2012, 11:50 AM by Brian Melcer   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM ]


Current EOC Status :

Not Activated

Shelter Status :

None.  American Red Cross coordinating with established sites.  LCDPS has identified potential location for DRC as per PEMA Request on 10/27/12.

Incidents of Significance :

KC Event ID 22411 – Commercial SARA Facility Structure Fire – INMETCO  Ellwood City Borough.  Currently contained.

Current Weather Summary    :               

    Rain (Light-Moderate)  41 deg, Daily Precip .56”

    Wind   NW 9 mph current    Gust  NNE 22 mph    Avg  NW 9 mph

    No river/stream gauges nearing flood stage

    ** NOTE : LCDPS sent inquiry to NWS Pittsburgh regarding status of New Castle (Shenango River) gauge.  They reported on 10/27/12 that it is fully functional.

Current Posture :

    Monitoring local area, will distribute briefings as information is received


    Be prepared to sustain your own operations for at least 72 hours.  Support measures that help citizens do the same.


    LCDPS will continue to participate in regular state, regional and local briefings.

    Note for EOC Staff               :           No activation requested at this time---begin to make arrangements for potential activation and to implement 12 hour shifts for your assigned position.

    Note for municipalities           :           Ensure readiness of equipment.  Ensure fuel capabilities.   Please attempt to clear storm drains of leaves to possibly reduce flooding potential.

    Note for Municipal EMA’s      :           There will be a Local EMA conference call to be held this evening at 18:00 hrs.  Separate information will be distributed regarding call-in information.

    Note for first responders       :           Lawrence County 9-1-1 will go to enhanced staffing starting at 20:00 this evening.  Please encourage residents to NOT call 9-1-1 for utility outages—instead, they should be calling the local power company.

Attached is the latest briefing from the NWS regarding Hurricane Sandy.


 Executive Summary:
Post-tropical Sandy will bring significant impacts to our region.
- High Wind and Blizzard Warnings along with a Flood Watch are in effect.

- Wind- Sustained 25-35 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph. This may lead to downed trees and power outages across the area.
- Flooding- Small creeks, streams, and areas of poor drainage through Tuesday and then rivers possibly later this week.
- Heavy/wet snow- Elevation dependent with currently 8-14 inches forecast above 2500 feet. Small changes in Sandy’s track and ultimately temperatures could still lead to significant changes in this forecast. Blizzard conditions will occur in the highest elevations.
- Significant impacts will begin this evening, with the strongest winds and heavy rain through Tuesday morning. Wind damage may lead to power outages across the area.
- Farther west (eastern Ohio) you live the less likely you are to be impacted by heavy rain.