At least 18 people in the U.S. have died from now post-tropical storm Sandy, which made landfall Monday night along the southern coast of New Jersey. Five people were reported dead in New York, three in New Jersey, two in Pennsylvania and one each in North Carolina, Connecticut and West Virginia. However, the death toll continues to rise. Sandy has sustained winds of 85 mph. But for residents of New York City, the winds aren't causing as much trouble as the storm surge. Much of Manhattan is out of power and underwater, including the World Trade Center construction site. Two hospitals were evacuated Monday night after backup generators failed, causing first responder crews to relocate more than 200 patients. Several babies were among the patients evacuated. All patients were safely moved to nearby hospitals.
Dangerous wind gusts continue in our area this morning. The storm is currently weakening, but it will take until much later this afternoon into tonight until the wind diminishes to a level that will no longer cause damage. As this super storm continues to bring more rain, major flood stage is being reported at the Cuyahoga River in Independence affecting the Valley View area. Expect the wind to diminish tonight into Wednesday. What is left of Sandy will continue to bring rain into Thursday before it finally exits north and east of Ohio.
TODAY: Dangerous and damaging wind gusts this morning. Rain continues. High: 49 Wind: N at 25-35 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
TONIGHT: Windy with rain. Low: 43 Wind: N at 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph
WEDNESDAY: Windy with rain. Wind will continue to decrease into Wednesday. High: 49
The Lorain County Emergency Management System is requesting some of its residents to conserve water. The Water Distribution Facility is now on a generator. Residents who receive water from the pumping station are asked to conserve water until further notice. Some of those cities include Lorain, Amherst, Sheffield, Sheffield Township and many others.