Monday, October 29, 2012
If Hurricane Sandy knocks out power in Danvers, one of the only connections to updates and information will be cell phones. Here are some good apps to have.
One of the best ways to stay connected if your power goes out during Hurricane Sandy is via your smartphone. Here's a list of some helpful apps to have on you smartphone as Hurricane Sandy bears down on Danvers. Ping4Alerts: This is the newly released and heavily promoted app from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Get weather updates and other vital storm-related updates from the agency that is in charge of handling storm response in the Commonwealth. Available for iOS and Android. American Red Cross: This is the number one spot to find local shelters if you need it with the Shelters app and send out information via social networks to tell your friends and family you are safe with the Huricane App (for iOS and Android). In all…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Here's a quick list of some important phone numbers to have handy in Danvers during Hurricane Sandy. Print the list now - while you have power - and make sure your cell phone is charged so you are ready if the power goes out.
In an emergency, always call 911. A call from a landline in Danvers will go directly to the Danvers Emergency Center at the Danvers Police Department. A call from a cell phone will go to State Police headquarters in Framingham, where you can tell the dispatcher the location of your emergency and they will contact local dispatchers. For non-emergency, storm-related needs, call 211. To report a power outage or power-related issue or problem, call Danvers Electric at 978-774-0005. For non-emergency police or fire issues or problems: Danvers Fire Department: 978-774-2425 Danvers Police Department: 978-774-1212 For outages for other utilities: National Grid gas: 1-800-233-5325 Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278) Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-…
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency began using a new first-in-the-nation emergency alerting app, as part of its notifications to the public.
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) began using a new first-in-the-nation emergency alerting app as part of its notifications to the public. Created by a firm in Nashua, N.H., Ping4alerts! is a free mobile communications app, that can alert individuals about public safety and public health emergencies. Hurricane Sandy will give the app its first big test. MEMA contracted with the New Hampshire company to provide the service to the public. The service is 100 percent anonymous. Mobile numbers or email addresses are not required and the company does not retain information on its users, said CEO and President James Bender. Through geofencing technology, Ping4alerts! enables MEMA to send highly targeted, …
Public schools in Danvers will be closed on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.
The Danvers School Department announced Sunday afternoon that all public schools will be closed on Monday due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The message was sent via the Connect-CTY phone and e-mail system at about 1:30 p.m. North Shore Community College, including its Danvers campus, also announced on Sunday afternoon that it will be closed on Monday. On the North Shore, Lynn, Peabody and Rockport were the only other district that had announced that public schools will be closed on Monday, as of 2 p.m.
Here's seven things you can do on Sunday to prepare for Hurricane Sandy's arrival on the North Shore.
We should be feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy here in Danves after it reaches the east coast late Sunday night. The peak of the storm should hit our area throughout the day on Monday and may affect our weather all the way into Wednesday. Before the storm reaches us, here are seven things you can do to prepare:
There is a chance of minor to moderate coastal flooding on Monday and Tuesday.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding in possible as Hurricane Sandy arrives, with a storm surge of 3-5 feet, according to the National Weather Service. It issued a coastal flood watch for Monday. The weather service issued the watch at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to Monday, the weather service said the watch runs through Tuesday afternoon for all areas along the coast. The high tide at midday on Monday (11:32 a.m. in Danvers) is when the worst flooding is expected. Vulnerable roads along the water and basements are expected to be the most impacted. The coastal flood watch was issued because there is a potential for moderate coastal flooding.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Some Danvers boaters took their boat out of the water on Friday, others were waiting for Saturday and other are going to keep their boat in the water.
Some Danvers boaters pulled their boat from the water on Friday, while others were waiting for the weekend or were hoping the sheltered confines on Danvers' rivers will help them weather Hurricane Sandy. Bill Reid of Danvers said he had planned to take the boat out about now, but the approaching storm was added motivation. "The storm is somewhat of a coincidence," he said as he waited to put his 21 foot center console boat on its trailer on Friday at Pope's Landing with his wife Nicole and son Jackson, 9. While the marinas in Danvers are much more protected than other areas along the North Shore coast, Nicole Reid said she was still surprised at how many boats were still in a slip, tied to a float or on a mooring at around dinnertime on …
Friday, October 26, 2012
If Hurricane Sandy takes a more northern track, significant impacts are possible in Danvers and on the North Shore.
The latest track of Hurricane Sandy has the storm pushing farther west according to Friday'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 to Danvers and the North Shore. 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 miles per hour, mostly onshore, strongest at the 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 …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It's still too early to know for sure whether Sandy will visit New England.
Meteorologists are now saying that many models are showing Tropical Storm Sandy will head off to sea after becoming a hurricane before reaching New England early next week, but there are still some models that show it could turn toward the east coast. It’s still too early to know for sure. The National Hurricane Center is predicting Sandy will become a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday when it hits Jamaica. On his weather blog on the 7News website, Chris Lambert said the storm will likely head for open waters of the Atlantic after hitting the Bahamas later this week, but it’s still early and there is a shot it may head toward New England and hit this area on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Lambert wrote: These models are relying on a …
A system likely to become Tropical Storm Sandy is on a track toward the East Coast.
For the second time in two years, we may be facing another large pre-Halloween storm. But this time it likely won't bring snow to Danvers, but it could bring heavy rain and damaging wind early next week. A tropical depression in the central Caribbean may strengthen to become a tropical storm on Tuesday. Tropical Depression 18 had maximum sustained winds of only 30 miles per hour on Monday afternoon, but the system was expected to intensify quickly and could be near hurricane strength (winds of at least 74 mph) as it approaches Jamaica on Wednesday. The tropical storm would be named Sandy, the 19th named storm of 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. National Hurricane Center forecasters predict the storm will follow a northward track, but they are …