Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hundreds of residents are without power and the Town Administrator is hoping to get residents back on line within the next few days.
Today the town will assess damage to their Tow Facilities, equipment and answer any remaining calls from residents about downed trees and limbs. Town Administrator, William Keegan is advising residents that if there are trees down in the yard, then the insurance company needs to be contacted. Because the town is not able to remove trees from private property. "At present, many of the situations involving trees that have fallen on power lines have already been reported and NSTAR will be responding as soon as they can," Keegan said. "Many communities around Dedham were not as fortunate with respect to the number of customers who lost power." In Dedham, the highest number of customers that were out of power at one time was about 460 or 4…
For much of the past week, Hurricane Sandy dominated the region's media coverage. Now that the storm is largely behind us, the question is - was it over hyped?
Much of the Northeastern United States slowed down on Monday to watch Hurricane Sandy make its way up the coast toward its eventual landfall on New England. Throughout the day, residents of Dedham and elsewhere endured high winds and power outages and in some cases, downed trees and wires. But with that said - was the media attention to this major weather event right on the money or was it all a bunch of overkill? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!
Around 7 a.m. 715 residents did not have power in their homes. As of 8:52 a.m. that number has dropped to about 642, according to NSTAR. On Monday night it seemed that most residents would have had power by the morning, but the winds of Hurricane Sandy was able to cause trees to break in half in several areas, causing hundreds to be without power. According to the Town Administrator's office, there were over 30 incidents of trees and wires being cut down.
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Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit us hard on Monday, losing power is a threat. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally, if the temperature in the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
As predicted earlier, Sandy's most severe wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.
After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it. Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of most severe intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target. "Like a large nor'easter on steroids" According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now. Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." "Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather. That means the driving …
Hurricane Sandy causing flooding issues throughout Dedham.
Earlier in the day there were close to 200 homes that didn't have power. However, NSTAR acted swiftly to the issue and that number was brought down to 73 as of 3:40 p.m. But that number is now creeping up to 110 homes without power (4:34 p.m.). Now there are several streets that are experiencing flooding. And between 25- 28 reports involving trees and wries being town down, according to the Town Administrator's office. Flooding has been reported at the following locations 395 Providence Highway (rotary) 103 Pine St. 290 Cedar St. 118 Cedar St. East Street at railroad bridge East & Harris Street Cedar and Dartmouth 235 Curve St. 50 Bridge St. Whiting ave at High School 979 Washington St. Washinghton at Fay Road 99 Ames Street Receive…
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Monday, October 29, 2012
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Amica offers some tips on how to handle a power outage situation.
As Sandy stubbornly churns up the East Coast today, utility companies expect record outages. Amica Insurance is sharing some tips to help you be prepared in the event of a power outage in your area. “Hurricanes and other severe storms often result in widespread power outages,” said Michael Gillerlane, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “Depending on the severity of the storm, you could be without power for several hours – or several days. So it’s best to prepare as much as possible in advance.” Make sure to have non-perishable food, water and first aid supplies on hand, Gillerlane said. Here are some other tips from the American Red Cross and other emergency agencies: • Make sure you have working flashlights and …
Sustained winds are now at 90 mph.
Hurricane Sandy has picked up ferocity as it hits the east coast. The National Hurricane Center reports that the sustained wind speeds are up to 90 mph. The Greater Boston, Cape Cod and Rhode Island areas should feel the full force of Sandy Monday afternoon and into the evening. Effects of Sandy should stretch into Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. 7News’ Chris Lambert is reporting the wind speeds could reach 70 mph along the coastline this afternoon with inland wind more in the 40-60 mph range with lesser wind speeds the farther you go inland. The National Hurricane Center expects hurricane force winds on the Cape and Rhode Island and tropical storm force winds north of the Cape to the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Rain should be…