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.
Officials across New York’s North Country and Vermont are preparing for high winds from Hurricane Sandy.
Widespread power outages are anticipated due to Sandy’s winds in northern New York and Vermont. On Monday morning, Essex County NY Director of Emergency Services Don Jaquist was preparing for an update from the National Weather Service on the storm.
WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance for an update on what Connecticut emergency officials are doing to prepare for Sandy’s imminent landfall and what they are advising for the public over the next 24 to 48 hours.