AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Executive Russell M. Pry and Mayor Donald Plusquellic are asking citizens to prepare for high winds and possible flooding due to the impending remnants of Hurricane Sandy.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch and a high wind warning for Summit County through Tuesday, October 30th. Locally, winds are expected to be 35 mph with 50-60 mph gusts peaking overnight. An additional 1-2 inches of rain is also expected.
The Summit County Emergency Management Agency is in communication with the City of Akron, local jurisdictions and the NWS and is staying abreast of the storm developments to alert citizens of changing conditions and is encouraging residents to be aware of the weather reports and listen to the watches and warnings. They are also advising residents to dust off their emergency preparedness kits and make sure they have flash lights, battery powered radios, cell phone and car chargers, blankets, cards & games, and non-perishable food and water.
If you come upon a downed power line:
Don't go near the wire, or anything it is touching.
Warn others to stay away.
Call your local police or fire department, or call your utility company, 24-hour emergency service numbers
If you come upon a flooded area in your vehicle:
Turn around and go another way.
If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and go to higher ground.