The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 28, 2012

In Brief | Schools close, transit halts ahead of Sandy


Associated Press

Corbett asks Pennsylvanians to stay inside, safe

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett is asking Pennsylvanians to find a safe place and remain there for the duration of what he says could be a very damaging storm that uproots numerous trees, knocks out power to wide areas and causes flooding.

Corbett said Sunday evening that the storm could be historic in scope, nature and magnitude because of the potential for power outages, flooding and wind damage to the state. He says 4 million Pennsylvanians could be affected.

He says most areas will get three to five inches of rain, and some could see six to 10 inches.

Fort Indiantown Gap in suburban Harrisburg is depot to distribute water and generators to parts of the state that need them. He says he's also worried about Philadelphia-area refineries.

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Philly-area schools cancel classes due to storm

PHILADELPHIA — All public schools in Philadelphia will be closed Monday due to the approaching storm, and Catholic schools, the University of Pennsylvania and other local universities have announced closures both Monday and Tuesday.

The School District of Philadelphia said Sunday that all public schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday along with early childhood and after-school programs.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has cancelled classes for both Monday and Tuesday. Officials said Tuesday's cancellation is intended to give parents as much notice as possible, especially since power may be knocked out to some residents.

School districts in a number of suburban districts have also announced that classes would not be held Monday.

The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova and Temple universities earlier announced the cancellation of all classes Monday and Tuesday.

The universities said in statements Sunday that only personnel providing essential services should report to work on the Philadelphia campuses on those days.

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Online:

School District of Philadelphia: www.philasd.org

University of Pennsylvania: www.upenn.edu

University of Pennsylvania public safety http://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu

Villanova University: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2012/1027.html

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Amtrak cancels northeast service ahead of Sandy

WILMINGTON, Del. — Amtrak says it is canceling service across the northeastern U.S. on Monday as Hurricane Sandy threatens to create a wet, windy mess in the region.

Amtrak said in a news release Sunday that it was canceling all service north of New York at 7 p.m. Nearly all service across the Eastern Seaboard will be canceled starting Monday.

Amtrak says it has not yet determined when train services will resume. Alternate transportation is not available.

Some trains will continue to run in Florida and the Carolinas.

The news release says customers can receive a refund or voucher for future travel.

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Online:

Amtrak notices: http://www.amtrak.com/service-alerts-and-notices

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Parades canceled, postponed due to storm

PHILADELPHIA — Communities in several areas of Pennsylvania are postponing or canceling their Halloween parades with the approach of Hurricane Sandy.

The (Allentown) Morning Call says two cities in eastern Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley have postponed their planned Sunday events for a week.

The parades scheduled in Allentown and Bethlehem on Sunday have been postponed until 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4th.

.In Franklin County in central Pennsylvania, police said the 70th annual Mercersburg Halloween parade scheduled for Monday night has been canceled following the state of emergency declared by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., said this is only the second time in 70 years that the parade has been canceled, and it will not be rescheduled.