According to the media, Hurricane Sandy has killed nearly 60 people across the Caribbean and now is moving to the East Coast of US.
States of emergency have been declared in Maryland, New York,Virginia, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
During a press conference on Hurricane Sandy on Friday mayor Michael Nutter asked everyone who lives in a flood-prone area to relocate. Kelly Drive, MLK Boulevard and the areas near Pennypack Creek were named as spots in the city prone to flooding.
Today, October 27, Nutter declared a state of emergency for the city of Philadelphia, which “will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and last until 5 p.m. Tuesday”.
Mayor also said residents should be ready for the possibility of flooding, damaging winds, power outages and asked to get a supply of food, water, battery-operated radio, secure objects outside.
“The differences between the two storms are Sandy could bring an increase of sustain winds and wind gusts which never really materialized during Irene last year. And also, paired with some tidal flooding, we could have some record flooding,” said Samantha Phillips of the Philadelphia office of emergency management to CBS News.
The 311 Non-Emergency Call Center will have expanded hours over the weekend, and reserve 911 for only true emergencies.
Governor Tom Corbett has declared a disaster emergency as a potential super storm approaches.
A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says PEMA is in communication with other state agencies today, to make sure personnel are ready as storm preparations ramp up with the approach of Hurricane Sandy, according to CBS News.
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