New York State Bracing for Hurricane Sandy
The entire eastern seaboard is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, as the super storm continues to churn off the coast.
Sandy was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm early this morning but is once again a hurricane and is expected to soon combine with two other major storm systems and increase in strength.
A State of Emergency has been declared for New York State to prepare for the potential impact of the powerful hybrid storm, nicknamed "Frankenstorm". Six other states and the District of Columbia have also declared States of Emergency.
High winds and heavy rains, maybe even snow, could cause billions of dollars of damage.
"We'll continue to track the weather as it proceeds, and we'll adjust accordingly, but we want to make sure we're ready just in case," Governor Cuomo said.
Across new york, resources are being mobilized for rapid response, and emergency and utility crews are preparing for the weather to do its worst.
The governor has asked for a pre-disaster declaration, to get the state federal assistance and put the national guard on the ready.
Meanwhile, the State Department of Environmental Conservation is advising all back country hikers, hunters, and campers in the Adirondacks to be out of the woods by dark on Sunday, and to stay out until the storm has passed, just to be safe.
The big question of course: Just what kind of impact can we expect Sandy to have on us here in the North Country?
To find out, click on the video above to watch Joe LaPlante's look at our forecast.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, Watertown, NY
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