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Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York Friday afternoon due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy.

The threat of Hurricane Sandy prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for New York.

Cuomo directed the Emergency Operations Center in Albany to begin operating 24 hours a day. State agencies have been in contact with local officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Weather Service.

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts," Cuomo said. "We are working with federal and local partners to follow storm developments and organize a coordinated response plan. With unpredictable weather conditions, we are taking the greatest precautions - especially after our experience from last year's storms. I urge New Yorkers to plan for hurricane conditions and follow news reports to stay updated on the storm's progress."

Cuomo has requested a pre-landfall disaster declaration from President Barack Obama, which would give the state access to funds and FEMA resources that can be used in preparation. 

The statewide declaration of a state of emergency allows local governments access to state funds they normally do not have access to and suspends regulations that can hamper a quick response. 

The full text of Cuomo's declaration can be found here

Jacqueline Russo October 26, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Does this mean that we can't use the streets to go to work? LOL
JM October 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Well, it will not be a hurricane, that is 100% certain. Could conditions exist that produce hurricane-force winds? Yes, but it will not be a hurricane. All models at present only give us winds of 30-40mph if (if) this system even comes ashore just south of Manhattan. Current precip projections are about 2.5 to 3 inches over a two day period. No snow, just to make that clear. But there are numerous conditions that could change this storm and its impact between now and Monday, and I personally think, ''being aware'' and ''keeping tabs'' is a better choice, a responsible choice, to tell folks with as much as we know of a storm 1,135 miles away... that is one thousand miles away.
stephany October 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
i saw a model where sandy came inland from long island west toward ny city looped down south and back up north. dude was talking 2-3 inches per hr for 24 + hrs. due to the loop effect keeping it around the area. this was not the weather channel but maybe during the situation room with wolf blitzer. the prob is the mixing of the arctic air + the warm air from the south
Observer October 27, 2012 at 02:05 AM
when is Cuomo, Carlucci, Gromack and Zebrowski going to declare the School's financial situation a State of Emergency and offer some help so the kids stop getting punished?
Jimmy October 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Rain and subsequent flooding will be the problem. Remember Floyd in 99' hung around for 24 hours. This has the potential to dump rain for 48 hours. Very bad!
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