Stow is feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy and Mayor Sara Drew is offering some tips to weather the storm.
A high wind advisory is in effect for Stow, with sustained winds at 30 to 40 mph or higher. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
In order to be as safe as possible as we ride out this potentially severe weather, please heed the following:
- Make sure all yard items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture, and other outdoor items are moved inside or are secured. With winds of this strength, unsecured items can be blown around and become dangerous projectiles.
- High winds may also cause power outages. In the event of a power outage in your area, please contact First Energy at 1-800-331-5487. Please do not call the city of Stow or 911 for power outages. First Energy is responsible for electric service to our area and will address any outages.
- Calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies.
- Should a power outage occur, please be mindful that intersections with non-functioning traffic lights should be treated as a four-way stop.
- Be sure that you and your family and friends sign up for our CodeRED Emergency Notification System so that you can be notified by phone should dangerous weather conditions or power outages develop as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The system allows us to target all or a specific area of the city of Stow in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. To sign up for CodeRED, visit www.stow.oh.us and follow the simple sign-up directions."
"The city of Stow has made preparations, to the extent possible, for potentially high winds and rain," the mayor said.
Drew said response teams have been organized, extra personnel will be available if necessary and Stow will partner with the county to help if needed, she said.
The city is also responding to resident’s calls regarding flooding issues in specific areas.
The leaf collection program will continue as scheduled, unless or until weather prohibits progress. "In the event the leaf program is temporarily halted, work crews will remain on the job and will work to clear any downed trees or limbs in the public right of way," she said.
At this time, all other city programs will proceed as planned. Please check the city of Stow website for updates.