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A high wind advisory is in effect for Stow and neighboring areas, with sustained winds at 30 to 40 miles per hour or higher. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.



At this time, all other city programs are expected to proceed as planned. But, as of 10 p.m. on Monday, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District announced schools will be closed Tuesday due to inclement weather.



In order to be as safe as possible Drew urges residents to heed the following:



1. Make sure all yard items such as garbage cans, lawn furniture, and other outdoor items are moved inside or are secured. With winds of this strength, unsecured items can be blown around and become dangerous projectiles.





2. High winds may also cause power outages. In the event of a power outage occurs, please contact First Energy at (800) 331.5487. First Energy is responsible for electric service in the Stow area, and will address any outages.



Residents are asked not to call the city or 911 for power outages.



3. Residents should be mindful that calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies.



4. Should a power outage occur, motorists are asked to mindful that intersections with non-functioning traffic lights should be treated as a four-way stop.



5. Drew reminds residents to sign up for the cityís CodeRED Emergency Notification System so that they can be notified by phone should dangerous weather conditions or power outages develop as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The system can target all or a specific area of the city in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. To sign up for CodeRED, visit www.stow.oh.us and follow the simple sign-up directions.



According to Drew, the city has made preparations for potentially high winds and rain. City employees are responding to residentís calls regarding flooding issues in specific areas. The leaf collection program will continue as scheduled, unless or until weather prohibits progress. In the event the leaf program is temporarily halted, work crews will remain on the job, and will work to clear any downed trees or limbs in the public right of way.



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