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Sandy Forecast: 70 mph Winds Overnight, Nearly 50 mph Tuesday

The NWS expected the dangerous part of the storm to pass by Tuesday night.

Perhaps the worst of ex-Hurricane Sandy was expected to come overnight into Tuesday, with slightly less treacherous conditions predicted during the day Tuesday, according to theĀ National Weather Service forecast.

As of 9 p.m., the NWS expected the Philadelphia area to get overnight winds 39 to 47 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, with up to a half inch of rain.

On Tuesday, winds are forecast to be 22 to 31 mph with gusts up to 48 mph, according to the weather service. Up to another three-quarters of an inch of rain is predicted.

From Tuesday night through Thursday, the forecast calls for chances of showers but no significant winds.

Patch's storm plans and you

From now until Sandy is history, Patch editors will be monitoring forecast updates and reporting weather watches and warnings, local government preparations, event cancellationsĀ and anything else readers need to know right away.

If you have a storm-related tip, tell us in the comments section below, or email your local editor at the address shown next to his or her name at the top of the page.

Deborah Bettcher October 27, 2012 at 01:27 PM
On Thursday, NBC 10 used my home to film a segment about preparing your home for the impending storm, featuring Craig Postlewait of Post Haste Handyman service. Among other precautions, I learned that propane tanks should be removed and stored away. This was news to me so I thought I'd share it.
Edward McGinley October 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The sewer drains on Camp Woods Road & Camp Woods Circle are hugely clogged with leaves. I question whether water can or will reach those drains when the rains come. !
JDBroomall October 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
We've had appropriate notice of this storm. I wonder why the township hasn't made rounds to collect leaves? Poor planning
Libby Brinton October 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Several news outlets have suggested you clear the drains of leaves so the water can flow.
JDBroomall October 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Great suggestion Libby.... What's stopping the township from doing it? Surely they didn't mean for "me" to do it... My taxes have doubled in the last 3 years here. Get out here and clean up the streets
Paul W. Nagele October 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Those of you who are criticizing your municipalities for not having the storm drains clear to carry runoff resulting from the impending storm--Put your brains in gear and recognize the special circumstances that are in play: 1. The townships are working on clearing the storm drains. 2. There are a lot of storm drains to be cleared. 3. There is a limited time in which the task must be performed. 4. There is a limited staff to perform the task, and they do have other equally important duties. 5. We are in the Fall season, which means that leaves are falling off the trees at an accelerated rate, causing some storm drains to be clogged within minutes of being cleared. Recognizing the special circumstances that are in play, the officials of Easttown Township and of Tredyffrin Township have asked residents to assist in the task of clearing the storm inlets, describing this as one of the most critical storm preparation chores facing the townships and their residents. Surely no one can disagree that this is a time for all residents to pull together for mutual benefit.
MPorchik October 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Totally agree with Paul on this one. If you see the drain is clogged, do yourself a favor and unclog it.
Sue Arenschield October 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
And that attitude is the reason why we keep paying more taxes...everyone thinks the government should do whatever one demands because one pays taxes, but God forbid one helps out for the greater good, not to mention cut government spending... How short-sighted and unneighborly...may all that water end up in your basement!
Tuyen October 28, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I don't see why we can't clean up the leaves that fall from our trees.
Tuyen October 28, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Does anyone know where we would evacuate to? I'm trying to find evacuation plans.
Ed Naratil October 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM
An e-mail from Chester County Officials follows: Chester County Emergency Management officials strongly recommend those that live in low lying and flood prone areas of Chester County should leave their home prior to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Residents are encouraged to stay with family or friends outside the affected area. If this is not an option, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, 2 emergency shelters will open on Sunday, October 28th at 7:00pm. The shelters are located: Avon Grove High School 257 State Road Avondale, PA and Lionville Middle School 550 West Uwchlan Avenue (Rt. 113) Exton, PA The emergency shelters will provide basic meals and cots for sleeping.
Ed Naratil October 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM
And here's the rest of the e-mail: Emergency Management officials recommend you bring the following items for you and each of your family members: - Snacks or comfort food - Any special dietary food - Bedding, pillow, blanket, etc. - Extra clothing - Medications and medical supplies - Personal Care items - Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities - Time occupiers; books, magazines, games or cards Don t forget about your pets. The emergency shelters will be pet friendly with an area designated for pets away from other shelter visitors. Officials encourage that you bring the following items for your pet(s): - Any medications - Medical and vaccination records - Collar, Leash and/or Carrier - Food For more information on shelters, please visit www.redcross.org. For more information on Hurricane Sandy, please visit www.NOAA.org. Keep informed at Chester County DES: www.chesco.org/des. Facebook: www.facebook.com/ccdes. Sent to All Users - Chester County through ReadyNotifyPA
Tuyen October 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thank you Ed!
barbara Sylk October 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Agree, good info. And clean your drains.
Libby Brinton October 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
If I were to evacuate, I'd be driving south down I-95 somewhere around DC or northern Virginia. You don't want to go east, west or north.t
Susan Kanoff October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Seriously!? You are actually calling others "unneighborly", then wishing flooded basements on them? I would be laughing if that were not so sad.
Susan Kanoff October 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
JDBroomall: We cleaned gutters last night and they are full again. Landscapers cleaned up all leaves on Friday and our yard is covered again. There are still leaves on the trees! What exactly do you expect the township to do to keep up with falling leaves under the circumstances? A little bit of realistic goes a long way!
edufan October 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Now is not the time to complain about government and taxes. Now is the time to help each other as fellow members of the community. I went out twice to clean the sewer drains near my house, and I am going out again. I have elderly neighbors that I would not want out there doing this. Please, everyone, be safe!
Eva Pastor October 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
If you need to go out and come across a road closed sign ... respect it! It's there for a reason! And just a reminder - TE Patch reported on that in early September: "A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect," "Under the law, motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250." "If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response." So please ... don't ignore those signs! Be safe! And keep our first responders safe!
Sharpie October 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Don't listen to too much storm news. You know what they say. Bad news will always find you; you don't have to go running after it. Meanwhile, have some fun. Listen in to Willy Nelson and Marian McPartland on NPR show online at Piano Jazz from last Sunday morning show. Really great. Plus, Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for the presidency, is speaking tonight live at U of Colorado Boulder. Listen in to his talk at 9:00 eastern online. Be enlightened about other possibilities for America. http://www.npr.org/2012/10/26/131571288/willie-nelson-on-piano-jazz http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/
Lynette Gray October 30, 2012 at 02:51 AM
My son phoned me from over in the Downingtown region. He says the Brandywine is swelling to heights he has never seen before. Our region is being horribly affected by this storm. Please be safe, everybody, and keep your neighbors in your prayers.
art fulley October 30, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Dear JD Broomall, Im sorry everyone pounced on you for your comment. We dont know you, and it would have been more neighbourly to offer to help you. Gnite all. AF
Anne Ewing October 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Up here in the far reaches of East Mt. Airy on Tuesday at 9:45 am, we have the occasional raindrop and barely a breeze. Last night the wind was a howler for sure, and the dramatic trees and rain pounding on the east-souteast windows was quite a show, but nothing down in our block but leaves. It looks over. Is it?
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