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Sandy's effect on area minimal

October 30, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer (mlaw@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Hurricane Sandy punched the East Coast but only gave a little slap to the local area with no reports of major damage.

There were no reported power outages in Jefferson and Brooke counties early today, although scattered outages occurred overnight. Mon Power reported 62 customers without power in Hancock County this morning.

Area road crews reported only a handful of trees down onto roads overnight and this morning.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the county was prepared for the worst but fortunately was spared the brunt of the storm.

He said fire departments around the county were prepared to pump basements and sandbags were ready to be filled in Stratton, but conditions never warranted either.

The National Weather Service early today canceled the high wind warning and flood watch.

The weather reporting station at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport reported a peak wind gust of 41 mph around midnight. The area received nearly 2 inches of rain since Sunday.

Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Green in Moon Township, Pa., said the remnants of Sandy were west of Harrisburg, Pa., and slowly moving west, northwest. Green said the storm will drift northeast of Pittsburgh later today before heading into Western New York.

The storm was massive in size, with wind bands stretching out 1,000 miles, Green said.

Snow continues to be a problem in the mountains of West Virginia, with some areas reporting 2 feet.

"We certainly didn't expect to see 2 feet of snow with a hurricane," Green said.

The rain will linger in the area through Friday afternoon. It will remain breezy, with winds around 10 to 15 mph, the weather service reported.

 
 

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