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Hurricane Sandy has now been downgraded to a category one hurricane with winds of 80 mph as of Friday 8 a.m. and is now off the coast of Florida. That may seem like a long way off but now is the time to prepare. Experts predict that the storm will track ortheast along the coast, but will take a sharp turn west after it passes the Northern most tip of North Carolina.
Both the European and US models predict that the storm will make landfall between the Southern tip of Virginia and New England. At present the the eye of the storm is predicted to hit the Delmarva according to the Euro model and somewhere in New York according to the USGS.
The storms winds are moving counter clockwise, so the heaviest winds will be close to the eye and to the north of the eye. As the winds wrap around, areas to the south will have a significant decrease in winds farther south.
In both projected models Colonial Beach will be close to the center. If the storm performs as predicted Colonial Beach and the Potomac river south of the eye will not see flooding. The storm winds will actually push water out of the river and tributaries to the south of the eye.
However if the storm takes a westerly turn, south of where the predictions are, the town could be in for stronger winds and storm surge flooding.
It has been predicted that Sandy will hit as a tropical storm however it is predicted to stall over the area due to a cold front that is heading east now. The theory is that when the two storms meet, it will energize Sandy and actually pull her in to the Coast.
We can expect a significant amount of wind and rain through out at least a three day span.
With few significant storms this summer trees have not been naturally pruned by gusty winds. So we can expect dead limbs falling and possibly some trees. The biggest concern even if winds are minimal is the threat of wide spread power outages which could result in a loss of power for several days.
Preparedness is the best measure. Things you want to consider having on hand: Prescription and over the counter meds, non-perishable foods that require no cooking, extra water, flash lights and batteries for lighting at night, charged cell phone batteries and radios. It is also a good idea to have an old land line phone that does not require electricity to operate.
You will also want to fill up your car and possibly store some in the event of a long range power outage as pumps will not work.
Have extra cash on hand; when the power is out ATM's don't operate and stores can not process credit cards.
Around your yard, take in all small items that can blow around and become projectiles, secure garbage cans in the event of flash flooding and clean out gutters to ensure proper drainage.
To our west a cold front is heading east and in the mid-west, experts are predicting snow. No snow has been predicted for the eastern states but cold weather could come our way. Check your vehicles' anti freeze levels. If power goes out during Sandy and the cold front hits after when power is still out, it may be difficult to find an open store to purchase anti-freeze.
Only you can know what you need to be fully prepared so take a few moments to imagine life without power and prepare for your individual family.
In Colonial Beach the high school located on First Street will be designated as a shelter.