The state is preparing for a nor’easter storm that’s approaching New York’s vulnerable coastline in the midst of Superstorm Sandy recovery, officials said at a Manhattan news conference Tuesday morning.
Howard Glaser, director of state operations, said the National Weather Service gave good news in a conference call with state leaders, sharing their predictions on how the storm will behave.
“Our latest information is that the approaching coastal storm may be moving a little further offshore,” Glaser said. “If that’s true, that would be very good news. Hopefully, that’s the case.”
He said while the storm will “not by any means be a Sandy, it could bring high winds and coastal flooding to some already vulnerable areas.”
The storm could knock down trees and power lines, complicating clean up from last week’s natural disaster.
In preparation, Cuomo on Monday directed local governments to remove debris piles in affected areas that could pose danger, Glaser said. The governor also assigned some of the 4,000 state National Guard troops who were deployed for Sandy recovery to assist in debris removal.
Cuomo placed search-and-rescue teams in the affected areas as a precaution for the coming storm.
At the news conference, Cuomo said the state is on “storm watch” Wednesday and Thursday.
“We’ve had a little good news, but we live by the adage, ‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’ — and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” he said.