New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that the city is under a blizzard warning until tomorrow afternoon due to the expected high winds and snow accumulation as a result of winter storm “Nemo,” Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
“This is a reasonably unpredictable storm, it could turn further Northeast or it could stall and give us more precipitation,” Bloomberg said at a news conference. “By the time the storm passes early Saturday afternoon, we’re expecting to have accumulations of 10 to 14 inches across the five boroughs.”
There will be sustained winds of 10 to 30 miles an hour and gusts up to 40 to 50 miles an hour, Bloomberg said. The state is under a blizzard warning through 1 p.m. on Saturday. Bloomberg said residents should expect downed trees and power lines, which will lead to power outages statewide.
Coastal flooding will occur as a result of high tide at 7 p.m. and along the shores of northern Queens and the Bronx hours later. Communities that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy may experience some coastal flooding due to the storm, Bloomberg said.
“Because of the likelihood of moderate coastal flooding, the FDNY has pre-positioned a number of its water-borne rescue units in the city’s low-lying coastal areas and the NYPD has emergency service units in those areas as well,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg is urging residents to stay off the roads and out of cars so city workers can clear the streets for emergency vehicles to travel effectively. The Sanitation Department is deploying about 1,700 snowplows and 65 front-end loaders; there are already 450 salt spreaders on the streets.
“What would be great is if you left work early today, got home, parked your car – in a legal parking place – and if you have to go around, use mass transit,” Bloomberg said.
Individuals can track the progress of snow removal on their streets by visiting NYC.gov using the “PlowNYC” feature and entering a particular address to see if a specific neighborhood has been plowed.
Residents should call 311 if their homes were previously damaged by Sandy or without heat, Bloomberg said. He said individuals could also call 311 if they see homeless individuals that are unsheltered during the storm.