The huge storm known as Hurricane Sandy is speeding up and will make landfall on the east coast Monday night.
The storm brings with it powerful, damaging winds, potentially flooding rains, and will even drop snow on some areas. Muskingum county Emergency Management Agency Director Bo Keck says he's been in constant contact with city, county, and state agencies, the National Weather Service, and local power companies in preparation for Sandy's wrath.
"From the looks of things right now this is going to hit us around 8 o'clock [Monday night], and could go until like 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. The biggest concern with this storm is the sustained winds we're going to get, and the fact that they're coming from a different direction than we normally get them." explained Keck.
Keck says as rain continues to fall, it adds to the threat of downed trees. Since the ground is now saturated, in order to stay safe, Keck is advising everyone to stay inside and away from trees. Most importantly, Keck says to keep away from windows.
"If you have lawn furniture go ahead and secure it now." he said. "Get it put away someplace or tied down, because that's the kind of stuff that's going to blow around and blow through your windows, as well as tree limbs and so forth. You don't want to be standing looking out your kitchen window watching it, or on the front porch watching it."
Keck is urging anyone who experiences a power outage to call their utility company, not 9-1-1. He says if there is any indication that power lines may be down in your area, stay away.