October 27, 2012

Storm Watch: Hurricane Sandy

iFactor is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy’s path and its potential impact on our clients next week. Hurricane Sandy's path relative to iFactor clients using Storm Center

According to CBS, U.S. government forecasters say “there’s a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday.”

The Washington Post has reported that “sustained winds above tropical storm force (39 mph) will be possible for locations well-displaced from the storm’s center, meaning a high power outage risk.” Heavy, wet snowfall possible in western Maryland and central and western Pennsylvania could also cause tree damage and power outages. The effects of this slow-moving storm have the potential to last through November 2 and possibly even to November 6, Election Day.

iFactor clients potentially affected by Hurricane Sandy include PHI companies Pepco, Atlantic City Electric, and Delmarva Power; Progress Energy; ConEd; ORU; LIPA; National Grid; Central Hudson; and Liberty Utilities. To prepare, we’re supplementing our automatic monitoring system by manually monitoring Storm Center sites and mobile apps, which we will continue throughout the storm to ensure that they’re working properly. We will also be keeping on top of the latest storm news from local and national websites, and although we hope that Hurricane Sandy is not as damaging as predicted, we are prepared to work through the storm to keep our clients and their customers supplied with up-to-date information.