Hurricane Sandy will have a significant rain and wind impact starting Sunday night regardless of where the center of the storm makes landfall, Baltimore County Emergency Management Director Mark Hubbard said.
“This is a huge storm forecast to intensify as it merges with a winter storm system,” Hubbard said in a press release. “We should be prepared for a long-lasting event with several days of disruption to our daily lives.”
Hubbard said county officials received an update at 9 a.m. from the National Weather Service, and county citizens should expect wind damage, power outages, heavy rain, inland flooding and a storm surge along the bay.
“Baltimore County wil begin to feel the impacts tonight. Conditions will deteriorate through the night,” Hubbard said in the press release. “We will feel the most serious impacts on Monday and expect the storm to last into the early morning hours Wednesday.”
Hubbard issued these reminders:
- Citizens who live in flood-prone areas along the coast or along inland creeks and streams should consider relocating. Coastal flooding is predicted, but the severity is not known and emergency responders may not be able to rescue those living in these areas.
- Roads will flood. Officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads once the storm starts, but if you must drive, avoid driving through standing water.
- When traffic signals go out, the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.
- Plans should be made immediately for family members who use power-dependent life-sustaining equipment.
- Generators should be placed outside, at least 15 feet from the house.
- Trees that fall on private property are the owner’s responsibility. Trees that fall on public property and roads are the county’s responsibility.
- Baltimore does not provide dry ice or sand bags. See the post from Oct. 26 about information about where to obtain dry ice.
Baltimore County officials will provide updates from Twitter at @BACOemergency.