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Franklin County, Pa., declares a state of emergency, Halloween parade canceled

October 27, 2012
  • A satellite image of Sandy is shown at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Saturday. Early Saturday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. Tropical storm warnings were issued for parts of Florida's East Coast, along with parts of coastal North and South Carolina and the Bahamas. Tropical storm watches were issued for coastal Georgia and parts of South Carolina, along with parts of Florida and Bermuda. Sandy is projected to hit the Atlantic Coast early Tuesday.
By The Associated Press

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Officials in Franklin County, Pa., declared a state of emergency Saturday as Hurricane Sandy approaches the area, according to Dave Donohue, the county’s director of emergency services.

The declaration will enable the county to make quick repairs and buy supplies if needed, Donohue said.

“We do want to encourage citizens to be prepared, including making a plan and having their emergency supplies kit,” Donohue wrote in an email.

Donohue said 5 to 8 inches of rain are possible from the storm, as well as high winds and possible tornado activity.

Also, the 70th annual Mercersburg (Pa.) Halloween parade scheduled for Monday night has been canceled, according to a Mercersburg Police Department news release.

The decision was based on the state of emergency declared by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

The decision marks only the second time in 70 years that the parade has been canceled. The parade will not be rescheduled.

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