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State officials: Be prepared for the storm

Posted By Joseph Spector On February 8, 2013 @ 11:48 am In Other | Comments Disabled

State officials are urging New Yorkers to stay off the roads and prepare for the snow storm that is expected to bring high winds, downed power lines and power outages throughout the state, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.

[1]The National Weather Service reports that the storm will mostly affect areas downstate and in southern Westchester County, New York City and the east end of Long Island and Suffolk County.

The storm is expected to dump 12 to 20 inches of snow in the New York City and metropolitan areas and about 8 to 10 inches in the Lower Hudson Valley. It is projected to reach its peak this evening and move east tonight into tomorrow morning.

“People should be prudent and use common sense,” said Howard Glaser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of operations, on 1300-AM (WGDJ) in Albany this morning. “I know people hear all the time not to go out on the roads, but that is a real concern with the amount of snowfall that will come down tonight.”

Utility companies are on full alert but the systems are vulnerable on Long Island and in Westchester County after Superstorm Sandy, Glaser said. LIPA is projecting about 100,000 power outages statewide.

Glaser said they are most concerned about individuals getting stranded on the roads because snowplows cannot clear the streets quickly due to the large amount of snow expected per hour.

Officials recommend people get home early from work before the snow accumulates on the roads and causes dangerous travel conditions. Glaser said New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties have set up emergency shelters for people to use temporarily.

“It is going to be a long evening tonight so get the batteries charged up on your iPads, watch a movie, have the beverage of your choice and wait it on out,” Glaser said.


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