Hurricane Sandy's local impact

5:10 PM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Hurricane Sandy will be hitting West Michigan by Tuesday. Here are the top five ways it will impact us locally.

1.) The National Weather Service says high winds and large waves could cause beach erosion.

Nathan Jeruzal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says, "You coul see some lakeshore roads come under water and have a lot of sand blowing around so this will all be part of the erosion process."

2.) Power outages are also expected in the area. Consumers Energy says it has crews on stand-by.

Roger Morgenstern with Consumers Energy says, "The biggest impact is along the shoreline, so we're expecting high winds bringing trees down into wires."

3.) Area flights have also been canceled in response to the storm.

4.) Volunteers are leaving the area to help out east. Red Cross has deployed to help put up shelters and deliver food and water.

5.) The final sign of Hurricane Sandy will be a cold and gloomy Halloween night. Prepare to wear waterproof clothes.

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