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If you’re in India Point Park, you’re on the wrong side of the Hurricane Barrier, good luck!
From Parker Gavigan, crews securing the flood gates on South St. in Providence, readying for this evening’s high tide. twitter.com/NBC10_Mark/sta…
— Mark Searles (@NBC10_Mark) October 29, 2012
- ALL RIPTA services suspended at 12 noon. Newport and South County service shut down at 10am. (Oct. 29)
- ALL MBTA Service shutting down at 2pm. (Oct. 29)
- All flights canceled at T.F. Green for the remainder of the day. (Oct. 29)
- Providence Public Schools closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Trash and recycling pick-up in Providence canceled Monday and Tuesday – See update from the City below.
- Governor Chafee has declared a State of Emergency for Rhode Island.
- Amtrak services in Northeast canceled Monday, Oct. 29 – All Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle services are canceled for trains originating on that date. Also Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, Ethan Allen and Pennsylvanian train services suspended, along with some overnight services.
- Amtrak services in Northeast canceled Tuesday, Oct. 30 – All Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle services are canceled for trains originating on that date. Also Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, Ethan Allenand Pennsylvanian train services are suspended, along with the overnight Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto and Silver Meteor trains.
- School closings and other cancelations at WPRI.com
- Coastal Flood Warning COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 1 PM EDT TUESDAY
- High Wind Warning HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 6 AM EDT TUESDAY
#PVDsandy & #SandyRI on Twitter:
— Providence EMA (@PEMA591) October 28, 2012
— National Grid US (@nationalgridus) October 29, 2012
It feels like we just did this last year, but here we go again. Personally, I’m going to probably going to start making ice and grab a Zipcar to go out and stock up on non-perishables tomorrow. I still have a pile of batteries around here somewhere left over from Irene.
Please share your information and preparation tips in the comments.
Post will be updated as more information becomes available.
- Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
- PEMA Twitter: @PEMA591
- Mayor Taveras’ Facebook
- Mayor Taveras’ Twitter: @Angel_Taveras
- Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
- What to include in a Disaster Supply Kit
- National Hurricane Center
- Follow Fred Campagna’s Live Blogging on Right Weather and on Twitter: @RightWeather
- Twitter hashtags: #PVDsandy and #SandyRI
- National Grid Rhode Island
- RIDOT Hurricane Information
No Tuesday Trash Collection in Providence
Garbage and recycling collection is again postponed in Providence tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30, and yard waste pickup is suspended until next week.
Garbage and recycling will be collected across the city with a condensed pickup schedule from Wednesday through Saturday:
- Monday: Put trash out for Wednesday pick up. Will be collected by Thursday.
- Tuesday: Put trash out for Thursday pick up. Will be collected by Friday.
- Wednesday: Put trash out for Thursday pick up. Will be collected by Friday.
- Thursday: Put trash out for Friday pick up. Will be collected by Saturday.
- Friday: Put trash out for Saturday pick up.
The South Water Street flood gate has been closed and portions of India Street are closed in advance of the storm surge that will hit Providence during high tide this evening at about 8 p.m.
All activities in the city’s parks and recreation centers remain closed and programs and events are cancelled for tomorrow, including the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, and all recreation centers in the city. The North Burial Ground was closed at noon today.
From the Providence Emergency Management Agency (Oct. 26th):
Providence Residents Advised to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
Heavy rain and high winds on Monday night and Tuesday could cause damage, flooding
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Peter T. Gaynor are advising Providence residents to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy early next week.
Although the storm is expected to lessen in intensity as it approaches New England on Tuesday, remnants from Sandy could bring strong, damaging winds of 60 to 80 miles per hour and heavy, extended rain that could cause significant flooding.
Weather forecasts are ongoing and Sandy’s track may change over the next 72 hours, however the potential impacts from this storm are likely to include downed trees, power outages, coastal flooding and beach erosion.
Decisions regarding school closures, parking bans and changes to scheduled trash pickup will be announced in the coming days.
The City of Providence will provide regular updates to the public through the news media. Updates will also be posted on social media. Follow these accounts for the most current information:
- Twitter hashtag: #PVDsandy
- Mayor Taveras’ Facebook
- Mayor Taveras’ Twitter: @Angel_Taveras
- PEMA Twitter: @PEMA591
The Department of Public Works will be checking storm drains to ensure that they are clear of debris. Residents are asked to please assist the Public Works Department by ensuring leaves and debris are cleared from street drains and catch basins in front of their homes and on corners, as significant rain and local flooding is likely.
Beginning 8:30AM on Monday, sand piles will be available at PEMA headquarters at 591 Charles Street and in the parking lot of Hopkins Park at 91 Admiral Street for Providence residents who need to make sandbags.
Officials will also closely monitor areas prone to flooding and work closely with the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency responsible for operating the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier.
Mariners are advised to avoid any activity on the water, as offshore rip currents and strong seas are expected.
Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prepare for the storm:
- Secure lawn furniture and outdoor decorations, including Halloween decorations.
- Store trash cans in a garage, if you have one, or secure them in your yard.
- Take down any campaign yard signs and anything else that can be sent airborne in heavy winds.
- Clear any debris from street drains and catch basins in front of your home.
- Make sure your vehicle has enough gas in the event of power outages that could close gas stations.
- Assemble an emergency kit with a 72-hour supply of water, a First Aid kit, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, warm blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, pet food and books, puzzles, games and other activities for children.
- Be prepared with working flashlights, a battery operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. The Providence Emergency Management Agency, public utilities and other emergency response agencies will provide regular updates to the news media regarding power outages, street closures and other vital information.
- Never touch downed power lines. It is safer to assume that all fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see a downed power line, report it immediately to National Grid or PEMA.
- Do not operate generators indoors.
- Do not operate grills indoors.
From the Mayor’s Office (Oct. 28th):
Providence Public Schools Closed on Monday, Trash Pick Up Postponed
Mayor reminds residents to take precautions to prepare for Sandy
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras announced today that Providence Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 29. He also announced that trash and recycling pick up scheduled for Monday is postponed. Decisions about school cancellations and trash pickup for Tuesday will be announced by noon tomorrow.
“We are preparing for high winds over a sustained period of time. The remnants of Sandy will cause damage. I urge all residents to take precautions and help minimize any damage and protect against injury and loss of life,” Mayor Taveras said. “My top priority is public safety. To keep people out of harm’s way, schools and recreational activities are closed tomorrow. Monday trash pick-up is postponed. Please bring your cans and bins back from the curb if you have already put your trash out. Make sure you have a battery operated radio and flashlight and extra batteries, plenty of water and non perishable foods. For more tips about predations, visit PEMA’s website.”
Monday trash pick-up and pick-ups for the rest of the week are delayed by one day. The schedule may change if Tuesday’s pick-up is also delayed.
In addition, all activities in the City’s parks and recreation centers on Monday and Tuesday are canceled, including the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.
The City’s Public Safety Department is closely monitoring the storm and is in regular contact with the Department of Public Works and will make a timely announcement if the City needs to implement a parking ban.
Mayor Taveras reminded all Providence residents to take precautions in advance of the storm coming toward Southern New England. Sustained high winds will arrive early Monday morning and continue through Tuesday morning. Residents are asked to secure lawn furniture and decorations, bring lawn signs inside and clear outdoor water drains and catch basins.
Sand will be available at two locations starting at 8:30a.m. tomorrow morning. Sand piles will be available at PEMA headquarters at 591 Charles Street and in the parking lot of Hopkins Park at 91 Admiral Street for residents who need to make sandbags.