State of emergency in effect for NY

15 March, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Ora Austin
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Western and central NY are expected to get 8 to 18 inches of snow in some areas, with the Adirondacks getting up to 12 inches. "Mother nature has been acting up recently", Cuomo said.

Between a 12 inches and 18 inches is expected to cover Gotham, north and central New Jersey, Westchester County and Long Island, according to AccuWeather.

Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday evening, that is still in effect until midnight Tuesday.

The decision to stop Metro North trains didn't come until 8 a.m. MTA head Veronique Hakim said transit officials were wrestling with the changing storm patterns. Airline crews said they hoped to have the airport back on schedule by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition, he said almost 700 pieces of snow-fighting equipment are being deployed, including snowblowers and plows. But no matter the amount, traveling could be extremely risky on Tuesday with low visibility and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

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The Mayor also warned that New Yorkers should exercise caution, avoid unnecessary travel and pay close attention to winter storm advisories. Representatives from the New York State Association of Counties, New York League of Conservation Voters and Food Industry Alliance round out the membership.

"We deployed accordingly, so New York City and Long Island had been the focus of our activity".

The airline-tracking site FlightAware says more than 3,000 Tuesday flights are already canceled.

All non-essential state employees are directed to stay home as blizzard conditions may persist until tomorrow.

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