Staying Safe Before and After Sandy

By Matt Porter

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM EST

Lawton, PA (WBNG Binghamton) At the Flynn's Stone Castle corner store, it's cash or nothing the day after Sandy swooped in.

"No power, no business," said owner Francis Flynn, "And I expect that everybody in the country is filled up with gas because for the last three days we've had nothing but lines at the gas pump."

Strong winds created scattered power outages across Pennsylvania's Northern Tier.

"About midnight, the wind really started to blow hard, and that's what took the power lines about two miles up the road," Flynn said.

At the Bradford County Emergency Management Services, calls of downed trees and limbs flooded the office.

"Probably between the 911 center and what we took up here," said deputy director Skip Roupp, "We probably got 20 calls an hour for awhile."

In Susquehanna County, a tree limb fell onto an eight year old boy and killed him.

Emergency officials say people need to be vigilant many hours before and after a storm about falling trees.

"All the time, be aware of your surroundings," said Roupp, "Not just what's in front of you, but what is to either side, what's behind you, and what's above you."

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