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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Laughing as they volunteer in the pouring rain last night are volunteers with the West Penn Fire Company.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Palmerton Borough, Lower Towamensing Township and Towamensing Township are among the local municipalities who have rescheduled Trick-or-Treat night due to Hurricane Sandy.

As a result, Trick-or-Treat night will now be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. All had previously been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Weather-weary Tamaqua area residents were hunkering down Monday as wind and rain ramped up during what is being called a superstorm. Shown here are sandbags at a storefront along West Broad Street. The downtown area last experienced flooding on November 16, 2006 when the Wabash Creek overflowed.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Lt. Marty Baddick, a firefighter from the West Penn Fire Company, utilized a vehicle to move a cut up tree from Zion Stone Church Road in West Penn Township.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The very first predictions of Hurricane Sandy were that it would turn northeast in the Atlantic and miss the mainland of the United States.

It should be no surprise that things took a turn for the worse; that the storm took an unusual curve and dealt a ferocious blow to the most populated centers of the U.S.; areas which rarely see hurricanes.

After all, it's Halloween.

Some freakish weather phenomenons have occurred on Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army have opened the doors to the center, providing meals, activities and electricity to those in need. "We have opened the center to the public," said Major Sharon

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a tree on top of power lines on Marian Avenue in Hometown. This location was the cause for Hometown's widespread power outage.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of PPL crews are out in force following the aftermath of Sandy. As of 9:30 today, there were 40,6248 customers out of power in 28 counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Top counties affected included Lehigh County (116,557 customers affected), Northhampton County (61,482), Monroe County (44,763), Luzerne County (22,787), Bucks County (22,203), Wayne County (20,006), Schuylkill County (19,334), Lackawanna County (18,151) and Carbon County (13,582). Report a power outage to PPL by calling (800) 342-5775.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seneca Road is closed in Mahoning Township after high winds felled this tree along with power lines early Tuesday morning. Seneca road runs between SR443 and SR902.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
WILL SCHWAB/TIMES NEWS

Hurricane Sandy's powerful winds toppled this huge tree along Ashtown Road in Lehighton. If you look closely enough, you'll see a crushed pickup truck underneath the tree.