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Ontarians urged to prepare for storm, hundreds of flights cancelled

The Canadian Red Cross is urging Ontario residents to make sure they’re prepared for the storm expected in the province this week.

Hurricane Sandy is forecast to hit the U.S. East Coast and its effects will be felt in parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Hundreds of flights heading into and out of Pearson Airport to areas in the United States expected to be hit by the storm have been cancelled or delayed.

Air Canada and Porter Airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights heading to Philadelphia, Washington, New York and Boston ahead of the storm.

Travelers are being advised to check the status of their flight ahead of time.

Click here to check the status of your Air Canada flight.

Click here to check the status of your Porter Airlines flight.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says those areas could see between 50 and 100 millimetres of rain late Monday and early Tuesday. Winds could top 100 km/h, and snow is possible as well.

“By taking some time now to store emergency food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family during a power outage or evacuation,” said Mike Morton of the Red Cross.

The organization suggests people have enough supplies to last them for 72 hours. Here’s a list of items for an emergency kit, which should be kept in portable containers like wheeled suitcases or backpacks.

  • Water: Store two litres of drinking water and two litres of water for washing per person, per day, keeping a 72-hour supply on hand for your family and any pets.
  • Food: Store at least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable food for each person. Ensure that there is enough for each member of your family.
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery-operated flashlight with extra batteries
  • Crank or battery-operated radio with extra batteries
  • Extra keys for house and car
  • First aid kit
  • Cash in small bills
  • Special needs items: medications, baby formula, diapers and equipment for people with disabilities.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai also recommends homeowners clear leaves out of gutters and storm drains to prevent flooding and secure loose items in the yard. She says it’s a good idea to have cash on hand in case power outages affect bank machines.

Visit the Red Cross website for more tips and to learn how to make an evacuation plan.