Jul 29, 2014

Storm Prep 2012: Will Sandy Be Worse Than Irene?

As forecasters continue to warn that Sandy's path could directly impact Westchester County, a community waits and watches.


Despite the dire predictions from forecasters and media outlets alike regarding Sandy's wrath, it was business as usual in most parts of Larchmont and Mamaroneck today, with only a smattering of businesses and homes showing signs of preparation for the onslaught of rain, heavy wind and flooding. This didn't stop the bustle of people at local stores as they stocked up with necessary supplies like batteries, flashlights, bottled water and ice in anticipation of widespread power failures.

Although Sandy's path is still somewhat of a mystery, current predictions from the National Weather Service (NWS) are that heavy rains and high winds could begin as early as Sunday and continue through Tuesday. 

In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread flooding in Mamaroneck, although perhaps not as much as was originally predicted due to its being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm when it hit the area.  A temporary shelter was set up at Mamaroneck High School for residents in flood-prone and low lying areas, some of whom were displaced for weeks after the storm passed through.  

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