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OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR SUPERSTORM

Tuesday, 10 30, 2012

Contact: Buddy Rogers Office: 502-607-1611

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct 30, 2012) - The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) remains activated in response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated regions of the East Coast of the United States yesterday.

The storm made landfall last night. Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight as it moved inland, causing millions of power outages, storm surges, fires, heavy snows and damaging winds. Several deaths are attributed to the storm, and damages will be significant.

At this time, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received no local requests for state assistance. The agency has no missions pending for other impacted states. KYEM will continue emergency operations, and the CEOC will remain active at Level II until further notice.

KYEM officials began monitoring the storm late last week, along with officials from the National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local agencies and elected officials.

As the hurricane collided with a major cold front moving south from Canada, snow and blizzard conditions impacted states to our east.

Winter Storm Warnings and Watches remain in effect for counties in eastern Kentucky. Wet snow began falling late yesterday afternoon in higher elevations and is expected to continue throughout today and tonight. Snow accumulations could be 6 to 12 inches, with some mountain areas receiving as much as 2 feet. Black Mountain reported more than a foot of snow accumulated overnight; Pine Mountain reported 5.5 inches, and Leatherwood Mountain reported 3 inches.

Gusty winds will accompany this snowfall with gusts up to 40 mph below 2,000 feet elevation and over 50 mph over 2,000 feet elevation. Sustained winds coupled with heavy, wet snow will likely topple trees and cause power outages.

Along with power outages, the largest threat Kentucky could face from this storm is localized flooding and transportation issues.

Road conditions throughout Kentucky can be found at www.511.ky.gov.

Weather forecasts and warnings issued by NWS can be found at www.weather.gov.

Weather safety tips can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov.

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