We have held off on storm-mongering for as long as possible, but it seems like there is a storm brewing and the Governor has declared a preemptive state of emergency. It appears that Hurricane Sandy will indeed impact the area at the end of the weekend. Following are the tips you may want to heed. As the storm moves into the area, Eye On Annapolis will have a continuously running article (most current at top) which will be pinned to the top of the site. However, we anticipate that we may lose power and will be updating our twitter feed with the most frequency and our facebook page second. Please take a moment now to “follow” and “like.”
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County Executive John R. Leopold and Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen are urging citizens to prepare for high winds, flooding and power outages starting on Sunday.
“Residents should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. While the latest forecasts have shown the worst of the storm might miss our region, we are still expecting a significant weather event with tropical force winds,” County Executive Leopold said. “Don’t wait to get prepared. Protect your property and your family by making the necessary arrangements, and pay attention to weather warnings and alerts.”
The latest forecast models suggest that Anne Arundel County can expect tropical storm force winds between 39 mph and 73 mph starting on Sunday, with extended periods of rain for up to two days. The storm could potentially affect the County directly on Monday.
Be sure to take the following precautions:
For power outages (Report ALL outages 877-778-2222)
- Make sure cell phones and other mobile devices are fully charged
- Stock up on non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration
- Check batteries in flash lights, portable radios and smoke detectors
- If you are on well water, fill your bathtub with water
- Store at least three gallons of water for drinking and sanitation
- Fill up vehicles with gas
- Those with special medical needs (such as oxygen, medication) should be prepared with contingency plans.
Annapolis City residents and businesses can get City provided sandbags on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The bags will need to be filled and will be located at the south end of Market Space near the Market House.
- Clear all storm drains and gutters from debris
- Do not drive through flooded areas
- Do not touch electrical equipment or appliances if you are wet or standing in water
- Do not walk through moving water
For high winds
- Secure any outdoor items that could cause damage and remove items that cannot be secured
- Shutter windows and door securely
- Avoid anything that may be touching downed power lines