Perhaps it's just the vantage point of the GSD home office, but things really don't seem so bad out there. Yes, there are numerous power outages and we have seen a few strong gusts rip through our area, but this isn't anything we haven't seen before. Still, the strongest winds and gusts are yet to come.
Two interesting tidbits: 1) Sandy's low pressure reading is the lowest of any storm ever (on record, that is) that has occurred north of North Carolina. You can see why this storm made meteorologists a little skittish. 2) If your power does go out, don't expect it to get fixed any time soon as the winds are too strong for the trucks that are used to get workers up the utility poles.
Currently, the Berkshire schools that are closed are: Berkshire Hills, Adams/Cheshire, North Adams, Southern Berkshire, Clarksburg Elementary, Lee and Lenox. We do expect some districts to hold off on their decision until the Governor speaks about the storm later tonight. Those of you not listed above may have to wait it out a little longer to get the official word. But it looks like communities are queuing up to cancel school.
We'll use our Twitter feed to announce the other school closings as we learn of them. There still is an outside chance some outlier communities will have school, so the GSD Staff is going to settle on 90% for our Confidence Meter.