All Centre County schools have closed and at least one shelter is opening today as area government and emergency management officials prepare residents for what's being billed as the storm of the century.
Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College school districts had been closed by early this morning. Also, Central PA Career Institute, CLC Charter School, Grace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, Park Forest Day Nursery, South Hills School State College, State College Friends School, and Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania have been closed.
The American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania will be opening an emergency shelter at Bald Eagle High School. That shelter is set to open at 3 p.m. today.
Centre Region residents can expect 3 to 6 inches of rain beginning today, with lower elevations seeing flooding and the entire area at risk of power outages. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the entire area until late Tuesday.
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A High Wind Warning has been posted by the National Weather Service for the entire region, with winds 25 to 35 mph today and gusts up to 65 mph. The heavy winds will begin around noon, and the advisory is in place until 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The storm,, which is pounding or will pound the entire East Coast, is a culmination Hurricane Sandy roaring up the Mid-Atlantic, and a massive low pressure system that moved in from the Midwest. According to Accuweather.com, the storm is so large, its effects will be greater than a small Catergory 2 hurricane. It is expected to affect an area as far west as Pittsburgh, north to New England and south to Washington D.C.
Residents are urged to take necessary precautions.
Check back here for updates throughout the day.