Ontarians urged to take precautions as Hurricane Sandy’s effects growMonday, October 29, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact some areas of Ontario over the next few days.
At the time of posting, there were no Environment Canada weather warnings or watches in place for any part of SooToday.com country.
However, Environment Canada forecasts that wind gusts in parts of Southern Ontario may reach 100 km/h Monday evening.
A number of local and provincial flood statements and watches have been issued, with warnings of potential flooding and higher risks around waterways, notes a news release from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
High winds and heavy rainfall could result in flooding, road closures and power outages.
Ontario's Cabinet Committee on Emergency Management has been told that the impact is expected to be significantly less than that forecasted for the northeastern United States.
However, officials are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are ready to respond.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center image shown was taken at 3:12 p.m. today.
Beside watching for Emergency Alerts, Ontarians are encouraged to have a 72-hour survival kit containing all the food, water and other necessities their family needs for three days.
For information on how to prepare, visit here.
The site includes Emergency Management Ontario updates, as well as information and links on: current weather conditions, local and provincial flooding, where to report a power outage, and road conditions and closures.
"It’s important that Ontarians take action to ensure their own safety and the safety of their loved ones. They should also stay informed and monitor weather updates. Provincial officials are actively monitoring the situation and will keep Ontarians informed," says Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
To learn more about Emergency Management Ontario, click here.