Hurricane Sandy

WAMC News
5:59 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Early Outages as Sandy Blows Into Vermont

About 2,400 Vermont electric customers were already without power as winds from Hurricane Sandy began to flow across Vermont in the early stages of the storm on Monday.

As of 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, Vermont utilities said about 2,450 customers are without power, most in the state's four southern counties.  

Vermont Commissioner of Public Service Keith Flynn says power outages are likely in this storm.

The National Weather Service was predicting high winds from at least 6 p.m. Monday until at least  2 a.m. Tuesday.       

New England News
5:50 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal this afternoon for an update on storm preparations and response.

WAMC News
5:50 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Officials Calm Post-Irene Anxiety

The Vermont Emergency Operations Center opened early Monday morning to track Hurricane Sandy and provide assistance to communities across the state.

Forecasters say winds could reach 60 to 80 mph Monday and Tuesday from the southern part of Vermont to the Canadian border. Those high winds are expected to be the main threat from the storm.  

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says many Vermonters are anxious about this storm in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, and said the best way to deal with the anxiety is to be prepared.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Ferry Closes Due to High Winds

One of the Lake Champlain ferry routes between Vermont and New York suspended crossings early on Monday because of strong winds from Hurricane Sandy.

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company said Monday's last trip of the ferry between Essex, N.Y. and Charlotte, Vt., was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. rather than the usual late evening crossing.

The company's 24-hour service between Grand Isle, Vt. and Cumberland Head, N.Y., continued to operate normally.

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Developing
4:08 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

FEMA, National Hurricane Center set stage for Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, state and local governments are scrambling to coordinate emergency responses with federal officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center director Dr. Rick Knabb held a conference call this afternoon about what comes next.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.

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WAMC News
3:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Vermont Yankee Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is preparing for Hurricane Sandy. North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Entergy Vermont Yankee Spokesman Rob Williams about how the plant is shoring up for the storm.

Plants receiving NRC enhanced oversight during the storm include Indian Point and Millstone.  NRC Region One Spokesperson Diane Screnci says that means they have sent at least an additional inspector to the plant.

Vermont Yankee has been in contact with the Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety regarding its hurricane plans.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Vox Pop : Special Coverage - Hurricane Sandy : 10/29/12

On this edition of Vox Pop, special coverage of Hurricane Sandy as it moves through the region. WAMC's Ray Graf and Alan Chartock host with appearances by local officials on the ground in affected areas.

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Hurricane Sandy
2:49 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Authorities Urge People To Wait Out Storm At Home

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno leads a briefing on Hurricane Sandy Monday
Credit WAMC

The  Pioneer  Valley of western Massachusetts is being buffeted by powerful winds from Hurricane Sandy.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has the latest on the storm’s impact.

Weather forecasts say this area can expect sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles per  hour, with gusts to 60 miles per hour. The winds began to intensify in Springfield shortly after noon.  Bob Hassett, the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the city of Springfield warned this would not be a quick moving storm.

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Capital District News
2:26 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Albany Mayor Jennings Sets Up "Command Center" To Deal with Sandy

 WAMC's Jake Sorgen spoke with Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings about his "Command Center" and preparations he's made to deal with the damaging winds and widespread power outages expected tonight. 

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WAMC News
2:09 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Red Cross Shelters

Here is the latest list of Red Cross Shelters in the listening area:

Rutland, VT -- As of 7:00 p.m. tonight, the Leahy Center at the Rutland Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, VT will be open.  This is a Red Cross operated shelter.

Wilmington, VT -- As of 4pm this afternoon, Twin Valley High School, 1 School Street, Wilmington, VT, has opened as a shelter.  This is a Red Cross operated shelter.

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