Monday, October 29, 2012
The president of National Grid offered an update on Monday afternoon about the company's preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy.
There are more than 1,300 electric crews on the ground in Massachusetts ready to restore power in the National Grid service area once Hurricane Sandy blows through. That’s according to Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. She met with the press on Monday afternoon in a conference call for about 20 minutes where she said the company has been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since last Monday. As of mid afternoon Monday, the hardest hit areas included Quincy on the South Shore and Salem here on the North Shore, she said. “Many utilities have been able to send crews and they are here,” she said. National Grid’s 16,000 employees are “all hands on deck,” from line crews to office staff, who are working to coordinate lodging for…
Are you without power because of Hurricane Sandy? Are power crews working in your neighborhood?
Widespread power outages are expected on Monday as Hurricane Sandy tracks toward Hamilton and Wenham. Even without power, people are staying connected with smartphones and other mobile devices. Are you without power? Are your friends, family or neighbors without power? Do you see repair crews in your neighborhood or on your street? Let us known in the comments section. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, the most significant power outages were on Chebacco Road in Hamilton, where 41 customers lost power just before 7 a.m. and had already been restored by 10 a.m. We'll also do our best to let you know about outages and estimated times until power is restored as the storm continues.
The top question on Monday morning is whether trash pickup is still happening on in Wenham.
Trash pickup will happen as usual on Monday in Wenham, according to Wenham Department of Public Works Director Bill Tyack. On Sunday night, Wenham Interim Town Administrator Mark Andrews said that Wenham Town Hall would be closed on Monday and only essential Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works employees were required to report to work. On its Twitter feed, Hiltz Disposal - which has the contract for trash, recycling and organics pickup in both towns - said that that "all trash and recycle trucks are out working a normal Monday schedule at this point," as of 9:50 a.m. on Monday.
A look at what is open and what is closed during Hurricane Sandy on Monday.
Many government offices and businesses have shut down on Monday as Hurricane Sandy moves through the area. Here's a look at the closures we've heard about as of Sunday evening. If you know about other closures or, better yet, places that you know are open, let us know below in the comments section. Closed: Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District schools Pingree School Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Gordon College Hamilton Town Hall Wenham Town Hall Hamilton-Wenham Library Community House of Hamilton-Wenham Green Meadows Farm
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Here's a quick list of some important phone numbers to have handy in Hamilton and Wenham 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 the two towns will go directly to the Hamilton-Wenham Emergency Center. 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 National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. For non-emergency police or fire issues or problems: Hamilton Fire Department: 978-468-5560 Wenham Fire Department: 978-468-5508 Hamilton Police Department: 978-468-1212 Wenham Police Department: 978-468-4000 For outages for other utilities: National Grid gas: 1-800-233-5325 Comcast: …
Public school in Hamilton-Wenham and Gordon College will be closed on Monday.
All of the schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will be closed on Monday, according to Superintendent Michael Harvey. Harvey made the announcement at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, citing the concern about appoaching Hurricane Sandy. Gordon College in Wenham has also cancelled classes and will be closed on Monday.
If Hurricane Sandy knocks out power in Hamilton and Wenham, 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 Hamilton and Wenham. 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 …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Forecasting models are split, with some saying powerful Hurricane Sandy will blow out to sea, while others think it'll smack into New England as a tropical storm or depression.
The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Sandy from a tropical storm to hurricane on Wednesday with sustained wind speeds of 80 miles per hour. The storm, bearing down on Jamaica at a pokey 14 miles per hour, is expected to hug the east coast. What happens after that, however, is anyone's guess. At this time of year, storms like Sandy usually track out to sea well before they reach New England. But WHDH meteorologist Chris Lambert writes that high pressure near Greenland may change the normal jet stream pattern, shuttling Sandy to our doorsteps. "If this were to occur, Sandy, which transitions into a massive Nor’easter, would provide an expanding shield of powerful winds and rain, bring in damaging gusts, flooding rains and coastal …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It's still too early to know for sure whether Tropical Storm Sandy will visit Hamilton and Wenham next week.
Meteorologists are now saying that many models are showing Tropical Storm Sandy will head off to sea after becoming a hurricane before reaching our area 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 very …