Health - October 26, 2012


Hurricane Sandy headed for the northeast

The latest on Hurricane Sandy’s projected track has Central Pennsylvania as its target for October 31.  Halloween is shaping up to host major weather event for the second year in a row in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Last year, on October 29, the region was treated to a rare snowstorm and some areas experienced heavy snowfall and sustained considerable damage.  Hurricane Sandy ran over Cuba yesterday killing 11 people and it’s now on its way up the coast though is likely to be downgraded to a tropical storm in the coming days.  Still, the storm has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” since it has the potential to join with an arctic front out of the north and a winter storm from the west to create a hybrid tropical storm-nor’easter.  Weather experts have little to go on for how this storm could ultimately turn out.  According to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco they “don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.  The storm will likely cause widespread damage that has been estimated at $1 billion. 

Pennsylvania has begun preparations for the storm by alerting citizens to be prepared.  Residents have been receiving alerts from local municipalities to keep storm drains clear, stock up on food and water, and have flashlights and generators ready.  The electric utility companies have also asked employees to be on call, cancel personal time, and have contacted sister stations in other states in case there is a need for extra crews.  The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association and state transportation officials are tracking the storm closely and discussing emergency preparations, though it is too early to be in full prep mode as the storm could still take a turn for the better and head out into the Atlantic.  Visit www.pema.state.pa.us for more information on how to be prepared for emergent situations.

 

Election complaint form announced

With November 6 just around the corner, the state has announced that citizens can now file complaints online.  Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele made the announcement on Wednesday.  Complaints filed will go to the county election boards for review and they will be responsible for investigating all complaints.  While the Department of State oversees elections, they do not have the authority to investigate complaints.  Only registered voters are allowed to file a complaint and they must provide certain personal information to verify registration.  To access the form go to: www.votespa.com or the Department of State website, www.dos.state.pa.us, by clicking on Election Complaints.