Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency this morning for the Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island regions being walloped by a winter storm that has left more than 700,000 without power in eight states.
“With this winter storm continuing to deliver snow, ice, and freezing rain across parts of the State, I am declaring a state of emergency in these regions so that we can continue to effectively respond to the storm and aid communities in need,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release. “These regions are expected to continue to receive heavy snow that may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear. New Yorkers should stay off of the roads and remain in their homes until the worst of the storm has passed.”
A winter storm warning remains in effect in New York City until 6 a.m. Friday. The New York area is expected to see 15 inches of snow mixed with sleet fall while the storm passes through to the northeast. The storm is part of the same weather system that has rocked the south leaving at least 10 dead in its wake.
Under a State of Emergency declared by the State, local laws that impede a rapid response are suspended. In advance of the storm the city activated its Emergency Operations Center last night. The Mayor's office has responded by suspending alternate side parking and garbage collection in New York City. More than 1200 flights have been cancelled at New York area airports as of 9 a.m. this morning.
New York City residents can find up to date information on the storm and the City's efforts in managing the storm online or by dialing 311.