Gov. Andrew Cuomo today declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit the state over the weekend.
Cuomo said a state of emergency allows New York to use state resources to assist local governments and bring in emergency support from other states and the federal government.
Cuomo ordered the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Albany to operate 24 hours a day during the looming storm.
“In this emergency I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any situation that may be caused by Hurricane Irene,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “We are communicating with our federal and local partners to track the storm and to plan a coordinated response, and we will deploy resources as needed to the areas expected to be hit the hardest.”
Coastal areas of the state were expected to face the brunt of any effects from Hurricane Irene. Officials were considering potential evacuations, including in parts of Long Island and New York City.