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State officials: Friday’s storm will be no joke

Posted By Joseph Spector On February 7, 2013 @ 4:40 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

State officials are warning New Yorkers to take Friday’s looming snow storm seriously, saying 12 to 20 inches are expected in the New York City area, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.

Jerome Hauer, commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said the New York City and Metropolitan areas are expected to get 12-20 inches of snow and the Lower Hudson Valley should expect accumulation in the 8-10 inch range.

“We are expecting the storm to start with flurries tonight after midnight,” Hauer said. “The storm will then get heavier and the winds are going to pick up quite considerably.”

Winds could reach 60 mph, which will probably cause downed trees, power lines and power outages, Hauer said. People living on the coastal areas, as far east as Suffolk County, should prepare for the tidal surge to be higher than normal, about 3 to 5 feet.

Travel on Friday night and into Saturday morning is expected to be almost impossible with likely flight and bus delays or cancellations. Hauer suggested individuals remain home and limit their travel on Friday if they don’t have to go to work.

The state has posted emergency crews and supplies in Long Island, New York City, Westchester County and also in Albany to reach counties north of the Hudson Valley, Hauer said.

“We are taking this storm seriously, and you should take this storm very seriously,” Hauer said.


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