Power outages possible Friday as powerful pre-holiday storm blows through

Residents are being encouraged to clear storm drains, take in lightweight holiday decorations, and keep cell phones charged ahead of a powerful winter storm that is expected to hit Friday.

Abington won’t receive much snow – if any – from the massive storm that’s sweeping its way across the country. However, the storm will generate wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, dump upwards of 2 inches of rain, and then be followed by a deep freeze that lasts through the Christmas weekend.

“The heaviest wind gusts … will likely be between 5-7 a.m. Friday morning,” Public Works Superintendent John Stone said. “There will likely be power outages in the area.”

Town Manager Scott Lambiase said the town’s public works, police, and fire departments are “battening down the hatches” and preparing for the storm.

“DPW is checking to be sure storm drains are clear. We recommend everyone does the same. Luckily, the foliage is off the trees so hopefully there will be few problems with limbs or trees falling,” he said.

“We recommend that everyone takes inside any decorations that can easily blow away, clear any drains and downspouts, and stock up on ice melt and sand. It looks like after the deluge of rain and wind we are going into a prolonged deep freeze.”

A graphic from the National Weather Service showing the timeline for Friday’s storm.

Rain is expected to move in Thursday night and be heavy at times through early Friday morning, according to meteorologists with NBC10. Additional rounds of rain are possible throughout the day Friday. Temperatures may plunge nearly 30 degrees Friday night resulting in a flash freeze. Wind will be coming off the water, peaking in the pre-dawn hours Friday. Mild to moderate tidal flooding is possible Friday along coastal communities.

Lambiase encouraged residents interested in receiving emergency alerts from the town to sign up through Code Red, if they haven’t already.

Mike Hartigan removes one of his holiday decorations from his lawn ahead of Friday’s storm.
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