Tuesday, October 30, 2012
For much of the past week, Hurricane Sandy dominated the region's media coverage. Did it feel worse or not quite as bad as last year's storm?
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 Stoneham and elsewhere endured high winds and power outages and in some cases, downed trees and wires. The storm came a year after the so-called "Snowtober" storm left many Massachusetts communities without power. So which storm do you think was worse: Sandy or Snowtober? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below. Previous Storm Coverage
Monday, October 29, 2012
Plan your trip home accordingly.
If you braved the elements and took the T to work Monday morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy. According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
When will Hurricane Sandy hit Massachusetts? The large storm is tracking to make her effects felt here starting Monday morning.
Having a disaster kit together is one of the top recommendations of emergency planners as the 2012 hurricane season nears. But just what should you put into a kit?
With Hurricane Sandy rolling along the East Coast, weather officials are warning residents to brace for a possible Category 1 hurricane. Having a disaster kit together is one of the top recommendations of emergency planners. But just what should you put into a kit? We gathered some suggestions from the National Hurricane Center, but also want to hear your suggestions. Source: National Hurricane Center What do you emergency kit items do you have? Post them in the comments section below.
Check out the Hurricane Sandy edition of our Five Things column for Monday, Oct. 29 in Stoneham.
1. No school, part one: Stoneham Public Schools will be closed Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. 2. No school, part two: Mystic Valley Regional Charter School will be closed due to Hurricane Sandy. 3. Hub page: Want to get regular updates related to Hurricane Sandy in Stoneham? Check out our information center page. 4. Storm photos and videos: Have you taken photos and videos of Hurricane Sandy in Stoneham? Upload them to our Pics & Clips section. If we receive a good amount of photos, we'll create a separate storm-related photo gallery featuring your images. 5. Follow along: Looking for current storm updates in the Stoneham region? Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for news alerts. Use Stoneham Patch to connect with your neighbors:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
We’ve got the community covered … with your help.
With Hurricane Sandy making her way toward New England this weekend, the need for up-to-the minute info is even more important. At Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover the storm, but as with of our reporting, the more interaction we get from users the more comprehensive our coverage will be. Stoneham Patch is as much your site as it is ours. So in the run-up to Hurricane Sandy, here’s how you can use Stoneham Patch: 1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town and village announcements, damages, power outages and floods, Twitter feeds and polls, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. To make that easier and more fun, we are introducing a new live-blogging capability, where you can …
Please use this story on Stoneham Patch to help out your neighbors as we brave the storm together.
See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is flooded? Just saw a store clerk upload a pallet of fresh batteries? Please use this story on Stoneham Patch to help out your neighbors as we brave the storm together. As we hunker down to ride out Hurricane Sandy, we want to make sure that Stoneham stays connected. For live updates during the storm, be sure to download our App for your smartphone or tablet, 'like' Stoneham Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. As you send us messages through social media and email (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’ll make sure the information is added here to this story in the comments and on the map found above. If you notice wires down or a tree across the road, please alert authorities and then …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
From having cash on hand to trimming back branches there are things you can do ahead of a dangerous storm.
With the possible threat of Hurricane Sandy following a track that could have a major impact on New England early next week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends actions that people can take to minimize the potential damage from this storm. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute to ensure your family’s safety.” Here are some examples of steps you should be taking: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of …
Friday, October 26, 2012
If storm takes more northern track, significant impacts possible to New England.
The latest track of Hurricane Sandy has the storm pushing farther west according to this morning’s meteorologist reports. The National Hurricane Center has the center of the storm going either into Southern New Jersey or Delaware. This is a constantly changing storm and a more northern track, which is possible, would bring more significant impacts into New England. According to WHDH Meteorologist Chris Lambert, the current likely scenario would bring wind and rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday with wind gusts of 40-60 mph, mostly onshore, strongest at coast with up to 5 inches of rain expected throughout the storm’s duration. Power outages are likely, along with beach erosion and coastal flooding during high tides. Lambert says it’s …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The exact path remains a mystery, but forecast models indicate Hurricane Sandy won't just swing out to sea as she heads north.
Is your Halloween costume waterproof? "There is a consensus forming in weather forecast models that hurricane Sandy is unlikely to go out to sea," according to The Washington Post. It gets worse. The Washington Post goes on to report that Sandy will more likely merge with a cold front and transition into a "powerhouse, possibly historic" storm that forecasters expect to make landfall anywhere from the Mid-Atlantic states to northern New England or Canada. Oy. Chris Lambert on the WHDH weather blog reports that it will still be a few days until forecasters can say where Sandy -- or her "hybrid" remnants -- will make landfall, but the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place that would bring a powerful storm to the the Boston area on …