Hurricane Sandy: Pennsylvania “dodged a bullet”, Corbet said

Gov. Corbett said that comparatively speaking, Pennsylvania “dodged a bullet”.

“For Pennsylvania, it was probably not as bad as it could have been,” Corbett said. “But for New Jersey and New York, it was certainly pretty bad. I would say, preliminarily right now, from a damage standpoint, we’re in better shape on the flooding side this year than we were last year with Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.”

At a briefing in Harrisburg  Tom Corbett said “that as of midday today, 1¼ million Pennsylvanians remained without power due to Hurricane Sandy”,  there were a bit more than 600 people in 48 shelters across the state, thirty-eight Pennsylvania counties are under emergency declarations.  All hospitals in the state are operational, but 433 bridges in the state are out.

According to CBS News, “SEPTA general manager Joe Casey said that the Regional Rail lines sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. Trains on all Regional Rail lines will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday. Customers may experience residual delays, and should allow extra time for their commute.

SEPTA officials said that 80 percent of the city’s bus service was resuming this afternoon, plus about 60 percent of suburban bus service, although with some minor detours in both cases.  The Broad Street Subway, the Market-Frankford subway-elevated line, and the Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36 trolley lines were also back in service.”

Officials urged the riding public to check their web site, septa.org, for updates and specific information about each line.

According to CBS News, the governor added it was too soon to assess the situation with regard to wind damage.

But the Keystone State is preparing to help its neighbors.

“There are two mega-shelters being established to house people coming in from out of state,” the governor said.  “They’re opening one at West Chester University, at my direction, which will house people displaced from New Jersey. We’re expecting 1,300 people there. The other shelter is opening at East Stroudsburg University, anticipating housing about 500 people, mostly from New York.”

The state is also making its 78-member Urban Search and Rescue Task Force available to neighboring states.  It is most likely going to New Jersey, CBS News said.

Pennsylvania will also send New Jersey vehicles, including 35 ambulances.

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