Delaware River level at free bridge now projected to be 10.1 feet Wednesday evening.
Sunday 6 p.m.
NHS School District closed monday, all activities cancelled.
Sunday 3 p.m.
From New Hope Borough Emergency Management Organization:
“HURRICANE AND FLOOD WATCH PLUS HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FOR NEW HOPE BOROUGH
October 28, 2012
“The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Watch for Bucks County from Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon. A Flood Watch means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Hurricane Sandy will produce excessive rain across portions of our region Sunday night or Monday into Monday night.
“The NWS has also issued a High Wind Warning for Bucks County from 8 am Monday until 9 am Tuesday. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage, including downed trees and power outages. Winds northeast to north at 35 to 45 mph with gusts of 60 to 75 mph are anticipated Monday and early Monday night. Shifting winds may gust to 55 mph Tuesday morning before diminishing later in the day.
“Hurricane Sandy is expected to reach the Mid-Atlantic coast late Monday evening and will be a serious and multi-hazard threat for the region, including flooding rains, high winds, downed trees (on houses, cars, power lines) and widespread and lengthy power outages. Substantial flooding is likely in Southeast Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey…with 5 to 10 inches of rain expected by 2:00 am Tuesday.
“Some small stream flooding and considerable urban and poor drainage flooding should develop Monday morning and continue into Tuesday. Larger main stem river flooding should follow by Tuesday.
“Governor Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Corbett has reminded residents to remain in their homes during harsh storm conditions. If you need to leave your home during the storm, please follow all posted road warnings to keep yourself and others safe, in Pennsylvania this is now the law.
“With the risk of prolonged power outages, the Governor is urging everyone to ensure they have supplies to last a couple days in their homes (such as batteries, food, water, essential medicines and first aid supplies) and to have a communications plan with friends and loved ones in order to let them know where you are during the storm.
“ll residents in a flood plain should also be prepared to evacuate if so ordered by Borough officials. These orders are very serious and only given when necessary.
“All residents, especially those in low lying areas of the Borough along the Delaware River and the Aquetong Creek, are advised to make arrangements for pets; store valuables and important personal documents in watertight containers; elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor; secure residences by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and water main valves; lock all doors; and make plans to evacuate, if the water threatens your residence. Be sure to take essential items–medicine, special foods, personal items, baby supplies, clothing, money and valuable papers–but do not overload your vehicle. If flooding occurs, do not return to your residence until authorized to do so by New Hope emergency management officials. Be sure to check on any neighbors who may need assistance.
“The New Hope Borough Emergency Operations Center (EOP) for this event will be located at the New Hope Police Department, located at 125 New Street. The telephone number is 215-862-3033. The Center will be activated when needed.
“Be alert for possible flood warnings and be sure to pay attention to local media, NOAA weather radio, or check the National Weather Service at http://www.nws.noaa.gov for periodic updates. Visit http://www.readypa.org/or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397) to get a full list of preparation instructions. Also, check www.newhopeborough.org for periodic updates.
“Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.”
Saturday 6:30 p.m.
New Hope Borough Hall issues statement:
“In advance of Hurricane Sandy, New Hope Borough Mayor Laurence Keller has declared a limited state of disaster emergency to prepare the Borough government to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
“With the risk of prolonged power outages, the Mayor is urging everyone to ensure they have supplies to last a couple days in their homes (such as batteries, food, water, essential medicines and first aid supplies) and to have a communications plan with friends and loved ones in order to let them know where you are during the storm.
“All residents in a flood plain should also be prepared to evacuate if so ordered by Borough officials. These orders are very serious and only given when necessary.
Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Hurricane Sandy update from National Weather Service and state wire services:
New Jersey under state of emergency. Current forecast New Hope vicinity: Coastal Flood Watch from Sun, 6pm until Mon, 4pm EDT; High Wind Watch from Sun, 10pm until Tue, 2am EDT; Flood Watch from Sun, 8pm until Tue, 6am EDT.
The following notice regarding Hurricane Sandy was issued by the New Hope Borough Emergency Management Organization at 4:22 p.m. Friday:
“This hazardous weather outlook is for Southeast Pennsylvania. Tropical Hurricane Sandy is forecast to move northward and is expected to affect our area in the Sunday through Tuesday time frame. Heavy rainfall and high winds are possible with this storm.
“There remains quite a bit of uncertainty with the track and therefore the actual forecast details across our area at this time.
“We urge New Hope residents to take precautionary steps at this time by securing all outdoor items and ensuring adequate food and water supplies.
Please monitor local media and the national weather service to stay on top of storm-related events.”
Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel.