Central Ohio Feeling Effects Of Hurricane Sandy


UPDATED: Saturday October 27, 2012 10:33 PM

Central Ohio was feeling some of the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday as the storm approached the East Coast as rain soaked much of the area.

The website for Port Columbus International Airport indicated several flight cancellations Sunday night between Columbus and cities including Newark, Philadelphia and New York.

Expectations for severe weather were having a wider effect as people prepared for possible power outages.

Employees at central Ohio hardware stores told 10TV News that they had talked to people in their stores who had traveled from all over the eastern seaboard in search of survival items. Managers also reported a run on batteries and flashlights in anticipation of the storm.

Colin Hedges, an assistant manager at a Lowe’s store, said that he and his team have been stocking shelves as fast as they can.

“We have people calling us from West Virginia, from Maryland,” Hedges said. “People have learned a lot from the last storm. That they’re being a lot more prepared this time than the previous storms we had.”

Hedges said that the memory of days, if not weeks of misery from the last storm means people are taking extra precautions.

Residents were also stocking up on items like salt and shovels – two things that were not needed during this summer’s storms.

“They’re getting tired of being out of power for days on end, so they’re definitely preparing this time around,” Hedges said.

Columbus resident Dan Clark said that he gave his generator to his son during the last storm. He was pleased to pick another one up before Sandy hits shore.

“I got the last one they got in stock,” Clark said. “I went through this once before, and my son went through it, and I’m not going to go through it again.”

Mary Mills said that she planned to head east to help others before the storm hits.

“It makes me feel good to help and give back, when there’s somebody else in need,” Mills said.

She was preparing to go to Baltimore as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

“If their home is damaged or destroyed, we’re the ones that can go to help them get back on their feet or to provide their emergency needs or food or shelter,” Mills said.

Two Red Cross emergency response teams left Columbus on Saturday. Another team departed on Sunday. All were heading to Princeton, N.J. Additional volunteers like Mills were flying east to New Jersey and Maryland.

Three central Ohio ambulance drivers from Medcare also volunteered to assist  East Coast relief efforts. The ambulance company told 10TV News its team was headed to the New York City area.

"We've got hundreds of people in hospital facilities and nursing facilities that need to be moved very quickly, and sometimes very long distances inland to a safe position. And that's what we're going to be doing," Medcare Ambulance director of operations Phil Koster said.

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