The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that Pennsylvania has been added as a major disaster area resulting from Superstorm Sandy in late October.
The declaration means aid will be made available for recovery efforts from storm damage between October 26 and November 8. It covers sixteen Pennsylvania counties as far west as Forest and Cameron Counties. Federal funding will be made available to the state, local governments and some nonprofit agencies.
While wind and water surge damage and a subsequent “nor’easter” snow storm continued north into metropolitan New York City and New England, the actual path of Hurricane Sandy turned west when the storm reached New Jersey and continued west through Pennsylvania. Nearly one-and-a-quarter electric customers were without power at one point in Pennsylvania.