PIKEVILLE — Pike county officials gathered Monday afternoon to review their current level of preparedness as Hurricane Sandy threatened to spill into the mountains.
Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford called the meeting with community leaders and emergency officials to gauge their preparedness as inclement weather moved into the region. Officials with the Jackson Weather Service were reporting that low lying areas could receive one to three inches of snow while higher elevations, above 2,000 feet, could get as much as 10 inches of snow from blizzard-like conditions.
“We hope and pray that what we talk about, we wont have to put into action,” Rutherford said to begin the meeting.
Rutherford said the storm was moving beyond a coastal threat, and now moving into the west.
“We are taking this event very seriously.”
Officials with the Jackson Weather Service were brought in through a conference call, and told those in attendance that the outskirts of Hurricane Sandy moving into the mountains could produce sustained winds up to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Elevations above 2,000 feet could experience wind gusts up to 50 mph.
Sara George, with the Highway Department, said that all of her crews had been through their paces, and that the district’s equipment had all recently been inspected. George said the salt domes are full but added that road crews would not be pre-treating the roads due to the rain.
Representatives with both Pikeville Medical Center and ARH Hospital in South Williamson said their facilities were prepared in the event of a disaster.
Charlie O’Neal, with Kentucky Emergency Management, said via a conference call that a warning order had been issued raising the Emergency Operations Center to level 2 at 10 p.m. Monday night.