Overall, Sandy was pleasantly disappointing.
While people were still assessing damage Tuesday morning and York County officials remained concerned with rising water, the storm appeared to have stopped short of the mass chaos expected.
There was strong wind and rain but, in the end, most of York woke up with power Tuesday morning. There was flooding, sometimes severe, but water was receding.
From the time the worst of the storm started Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, about 6 inches of rain fell on York. A gauge in York New Salem registered 5.52 inches, while a gauge in Seven Valleys registered 6.15 inches for the same period, said meteorologist Craig Evanego from the National Weather Service in State College.
While gusts were expected to reach as much as 70 miles per hour, the fastest wind logged at the Thomasville Airport was 55 miles per hour, between 7 and 10 p.m., Evanego said.
Most of the flooding was isolated to swelling tributaries of the Susquehanna River, but the river itself, which threatened shore-living residents last year during Tropical Storm Lee, isn't expected to flood.
"It's still rainy and breezy, but the worst is over now," Evanego said. "The wind and rain is lessening, and peaked yesterday evening."
During the height of the storm, there were 16,000 people without power. That compares to more than 60,000 during a Halloween snowstorm last year.
County spokesman Carl Lindquist Tuesday morning said that York County 911, since the start of the storm, had received more than 220 calls reporting problems on the roads, such as downed trees, limbs or wires.
The biggest problem was downed lines, and there was no "major uptick" in crashes, he said.
"I think overall York County has fared relatively well compared to our counterparts to the east," he said. "A lot of that has to do with the fact this community paid attention to the warnings provided before the storm and hunkered down last night."
There were only a handful of water rescues, and there were no serious injuries or fatalities reported as a result of the storm, he said.
There is one report of a suspected tornado in Dover Township, but the residents were in Florida at the time when their home was pushed from its foundation, officials said.
Evacuations: Evacuations in at least two municipalities went without incident.
In Dover Township, residents in a mobile home park along Pine Road were safe when the storm passed, said the township's emergency management spokeswoman, Madelyn Shermeyer.
"I think we fared better than what was predicted," she said. "It could have been a lot worse."
While Glen Rock evacuated people via a loudspeaker from a roving truck, Mayor Ron McCullough said he suspected nearby Seven Valleys got worse flooding from the southern branch of the Codorus.
"It's a lot better than we were expecting, it's a good thing," he said. "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best."
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