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Hurricane Sandy will send strong winds to central Indiana

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy's impact on central Indiana
Hurricane Sandy is churning up strength and headed along the eastern coast of the country with great intensity.

The storm has forced an extensive evacuation in the New York and New Jersey shore areas as residents are bracing for what forecasters are calling a 100-year storm.

Millions of utilities customers are expected to lose power in the next few days and preparations are being done locally to render assistance, if needed.

Shane Smith, operations manager at Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, based in Bloomfield, said he's going to try and get a volunteer three-man line crew set up and ready to go.

"We've not been officially asked, but we're going to try and get some volunteers ready," Smith said Monday afternoon.

Indiana's Department of Homeland Security had already dispatched a team of first responders to assist with Hurricane operations on the east coast.

Indiana is sending 107 people and 44 vehicles, including 24 ambulances, to the region to help however needed. They could be called upon to help with the evacuation of hospitals and nursing homes, according to an Indiana Homeland Security news release.

As of Monday morning, Indiana had deployed the state Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), two All Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), and five Emergency Medical Services Teams (or EMS Strike Teams), including Strike Force 7 that has members from Greene and surrounding counties, according to Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Axe.

David Love, from Jasonville, is among the Strike Force 7 team members, who is on standby, Dave Rollison, who assists with the EMA office, told the Greene County Daily World.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis reports that central Indiana will be impacted by the periphery of the remnants of Hurricane Sandy starting Monday afternoon and continuing into midweek as the storm moves into the eastern Great Lakes.

A wind advisory has been issued through 8 p.m. on Tuesday east of a Lafayette-Greencastle-Columbus line.

Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be possible within the advisory area. Over southwest and west-central Indiana, wind gusts of 30-40 mph can be expected through Tuesday night. Scattered rain showers are expected for most locations along and east of Interstate 65 on Tuesday and Tuesday night with partly to mostly cloudy skies further to the west. Highs will range from the mid 40s over eastern Indiana, to the lower 50s over the Wabash Valley on Tuesday with lows in the 30s.



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