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Beginning Of Sandy Reaching Our Area

(credit: Michael Zuccato)

(credit: Michael Zuccato)

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By Carol Erickson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Oh, Oh Sandy. It has made the turn north and now the final turn comes later Monday as it heads to the northwest and into our area.

This is one storm that goal set eyed the New Jersey shore for days as it tracked parallel to the East coast and will be making a beeline here late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Everything is the same as forecast before: high wind impacts, possibly historic flooding, rains in 5 to 10 inch category.

Charge up everything you can now as power outages will be coming. If you have a load of laundry or dishes or anything else that needs power or water, get busy.

Also, make note of shelters in your area and download the American Red Cross Hurricane app from the ITunes store. It will list the shelter closest to you.

When will this end? Well, the strongest winds are yet to come and will reach gusts between 60 and 75 miles an hour. By Tuesday morning, we could still see winds of 50 mph and gradually subsiding to about 30 mph sustained. By then, much of the damage will already have been done.

Be safe, stay together, keep the pets with you, and help out your neighbors and friends.

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