As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast last week, Pennsylvania was prepared for the encounter. The Lancaster County Commissioners declared a state of emergency on Sunday evening, causing school districts, colleges, and universities, including Millersville University, to close and/or cancel classes for Monday and Tuesday upon Sandy’s arrival. Although the hurricane was nasty, Lancaster County did not get hit as hard as expected.
The creeks and rivers rose, some roads were closed, and thousands of people lost power, but overall, the damage was not catastrophic for this area. Lancaster received about 3.5 to 6 inches of rain and faced steady winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.
One death was reported in the area in accordance with the storm.
Although Millersville University’s campus was closed, residence and dining halls remained open for students. During the storm students were urged to stay in their dorms and to hunker down through Monday night.
After it was all said and done, Sandy did produce a lot of heavy rainfall and intense winds for Lancaster and left the county pretty miserable on Monday, but it was not nearly as bad as it was originally feared to be.
Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst said, “This is definitely a wind event rather than rain.” Overall, Lancaster took several steps to prepare for Sandy and they all proved sufficient. The rest of the East Coast, especially New York and New Jersey, were pummeled fiercely and devastated by this menacing storm.
It will take time and countless efforts of others to help bring these areas “back to life” so to speak. In comparison to the rest of the East Coast, Lancaster County definitely dodged the worst of “Frankenstorm.”