Hurricane Sandy 10/29/12 - 23:00 LCDPS Briefing / SITREP

posted Oct 29, 2012, 7:42 PM by Brian Melcer

Current EOC Status :

Minimal staffing (EMA STAFF).  9-1-1 staff increased at 20:00.
Shelter Status :
None open at this time.  American Red Cross has established shelter and DRC sites.  
Incidents of Significance :
Trees down / wires down multiple areas of county.  No major road closures.   Penn Power reports 176 customers without power in entire county (as of 22:40 via outage web site)

Current Weather Summary    :               

    Rain (Light-Moderate)  39 deg, Daily Precip 1.32"

    Wind   WNW 4 mph current    Gust  WNW 32 mph    Avg  WNW 8 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---continue to make arrangements for potential activation and to implement 12 hour shifts for your assigned position.

    Note for Municipal EMA’s      :           Conference call for local EMA's was conducted at 18:00 on 10/29/12.  Summary was sent out to coordinators via email.

    Note for first responders       :           9-1-1 Center staffing enhanced starting at 20:00.  Center currently operating in storm mode.
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.