The National Weather Service is reporting a 30 percent chance of tropical storm conditions for Delaware early next week as Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the east coast.
The Delaware Department of Transportation is already making advanced preparations for the potential nor'easter that could affect the region late Sunday into Monday, according to a press release Oct. 25.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall earlier Thursday in Cuba and is projected to move north at about 20 miles-per-hour with maximum winds reaching 105 miles-per-hour Thursday.
DelDOT crews have been instructed to begin preparations in case the storm impacts Delaware, said spokesman Jim Westhoff. Crews are making sure equipment is available and ready for service and that personnel are ready for the possibility of working for an extended period.
A hazardous weather outlook said that Sandy is may transition into a coastal storm as it moves north and could affect the area from Sunday through Thursday.
Conditions include heavy rain, high winds, and coastal flooding.
There is about a 70 percent chance of precipitation for the region Sunday evening into Monday, according to the NWS.
Residents who live in areas prone to flooding are urged to take precautions too, including possible evacuation and assembling necessary supplies, Westhoff said. Drivers should also stay off the roads during the storm.
The severity of the conditions are dependant on the path the storm takes as it interacts with a deepening upper level low pressure system moving towards the east coast.
Sandy is currently about 60 miles south of the Bahamas.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Ragged Islands in the southeastern Bahamas, the central Bahamas and the northwestern Bahamas.
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for eastern Florida, Lake Okeechobee, and the southeastern Bahamas.