Hello. I'm just a person who loves weather. I live in York County, PA and have 2 brothers... neither of which like weather ha :)
By: Doppler22 , 2:23 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
I know that Pennsylvania does not come to mind to most when you think of a hurricane. However, PA can get some nasty weather related to hurricanes. Hurricane Sandy (2012) killed 15 people in the state and Hurricane Isabel (2003)killed 2 people and 160 million dollars of damage was done to the state. In my opinion, PA has a very good program to deal with hurricanes.
The major cities of Philadelphia and Harrisburg have detailed evacuation plans for low lying areas in case of a flooding event. In Hurricane Sandy, the mayor of Philly ordered a mandatory evacuation for low lying areas of Philly and that probably saved some lives. Other then the big cities, each county has their own plan.
Most counties have a hotline set up during a weather emergency that are broadcast very often by the local news for that region of PA. There are also several shelters that open for the homeless and the people who want to leave their homes. All nuclear power facilities also have detailed plans to keep everyone safe in the event of a hurricane. Hurricane Irene/TS Lee tested that plan and it worked.
The governor of PA periodically has up-to-date announcements on the local news with weather charts and lots of visuals so that all resident know what to do. He also coordinates with FEMA and the Federal Gov. and he more then likely will declare a State of Emergency and deploy the National Guard to help in areas that need it the most.
Overall, I think PA is quite prepared for hurricanes and the biggest danger that kills the most from hurricanes in PA are falling trees. So, don't stand under some trees when a hurricane comes :)
Photos of PA Hurricanes
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