FOLLOW FRIDAY: Best Ways to Track 'Frankenstorm' Damage Online

Patch recommends the best ways to keep in touch with the most up-to-the-minute information regarding Hurricane Sandy.


Stay safe. Stay inside. Stay informed.

The first two are on you. The last one is up to us reporters and scores of county and state employees working overtime. Come Sunday evening—when Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Maryland—the question on everybody's mind will be "how is this storm affecting my neighborhood, my friends and my family?"

That's where Twitter and a few other helpful online resources will come into play. Twitter is the fastest tool for getting information as it happens.

In Baltimore County, police and emergency response personnel are urging residents to follow:

Both accounts will be updating throughout the storm, which is expected to cause widespread power outages. The county has been urging preparation ahead of "Frankenstorm." Check out these tips provided by Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. Following County Executive @KevinKamenetz wouldn't hurt either.

For breaking news that hits close to your home in Lutherville, Timonium, Cockeysville, Hunt Valley or North County follow:

Patch reporters across the state are gearing up with the storm as we speak. Look for a storm chat, live blogging to be posted later this weekend. We're opening the communication flood gates (poor choice of words?).

Be sure to report tips and what you're seeing as the storm hits.

Independent breaking news service @BCObreakingnews is also a worthwhile follow when it comes to road conditions, swift water rescues, flooding—you name it.

And then of course there are the tried and true standbys:

Don't forget to sign up for breaking news alerts from your local Patch site to receive instant updates sent directly to your inbox.

Harry Callahan October 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
What do you think about this prediction? I think that the weather guys don't have the slightest idea of what will really happen any more than I could guess your Social Security Number. How many times have we heard this, "Well, we have a real humdinger of a storm coming in this evening. We're expecting 8-12 inches of snow on the ground by wake up time tomorrow morning." Then, you get up in the morning and see...NOT A SINGLE FLAKE OF SNOW ON THE GROUND. Don't get me wrong. I am prepared and in a big way. Years ago I bought a 16 KW, whole house standby generator. When we had that last big set of outages I, or rather my neighbors, were without power for just 2 hours short of 7 days straight. I have 20 cases of water in my storage facility and I have a water filtration unit that can produce 10 liters of clean water a day. After being burned too many times by weather predictions, I'm just saying that the only thing to do is to prepare by filling the gas tank of your car, make sure that you have plenty of cash on hand in case the credit card systems at the store don't work, have a generator (even if it is a small one) that can at least run your sump pump and refrigerator, and plenty of food and water in case the stores are closed.


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