With superstorm Sandy impacting the U.S. Northeast, much of Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, local emergency management officials are encouraging people to be prepared. They say listen for current weather conditions and have a 72 hour survival kit on hand — including food, water and other necessities you would need for 3 days. In terms of the weather conditions, as of 7am Tuesday, strong winds have been gusting to 60 and 70 kilometres an hour since about 5pm Monday at the airport. Also of note, Monday only saw 3.8 millimetres of rain today’s forecast is calling for about 10 to 15 mm of precipitation by Wednesday morning. Meantime, as of 7am, over 4,400 Hydro One customers were without power in a large area stretching from East Ferris towards Mattawa, including Redbridge. And school transportation officials say Phelps Public School in Redbridge is closed Tuesday because of power outages, with school buses for Phelps School cancelled too.