Hurricane Sandy, a storm that has already killed more than 20 people in the Caribbean, seems to be weakening at the moment, but it is expected to bring some heavy weather all the way to the North Country next week.
Although the storm track is still uncertain, Sandy has the potential to affect many parts of New York State with a variety of threats, including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges, and widespread power outages.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was taking no chances when he activated emergency services yesterday to prepare as the storm moves north.
Whatever the storm brings is expected to arrive around Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The governor ordered the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for potential storm impacts.
He cautioned New Yorkers to pay close attention to TV and radio for the latest information on the storm and especially for Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages that carry local emergency orders, such as evacuation or travel restrictions.
The governor also advised people to prepare a storm emergency kit with items such as non-perishable food, water, cash, filled prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries.
You can follow Sandy from the NorthCountryNow.com weather page.