New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo has today declared a State of Emergency and is warning residents to stay at home as a blizzard threatens to dump as much as two feet of snow on parts of New York by Sunday. Many other States across the U.S. were also severely battered by the storm, which is expected to worsen by tomorrow, Sunday. In some of these States, officials have already declared a State of Emergency and activated the necessary support/relief mechanisms.
There are many Guyanese living in New York and other parts of the U.S. who are among the millions being affected. So far it is not clear as to how many deaths and injuries there were across the U.S., but persons are being urged to take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting caught in danger.
According to latest forecasts the storm is predicted to bring 18 to 24 inches of snow by Sunday. Heavy winds with speeds between 30 and 40 mph are expected, with gusts as high as 55 mph, contributing to whiteout conditions and power outages. Coastal flooding remains a concern along parts of Long Island.
In response to the storm, Cuomo said the National Guard is prepared to deploy 600 personnel, hundreds of pieces of equipment have been brought in from the Department of Transportation and State Police have been dispatched.
“This is a major storm, and travel conditions throughout downstate New York are dangerous,” said Governor Cuomo.
The Governor has promised that the City is doing everything possible to keep the roads and mass transit operational, but unless there is an emergency, people should not be traveling. “We are responding aggressively as the storm develops and working hand-in-hand with our local partners to keep communities safe. I urge all New Yorkers to stay home, stay warm, and allow our emergency personnel to do their jobs,” he urged.
Latest updates (NY):
- MTA bus service in New York City suspended at noon; 1,800 personnel working to maintain subway operability
- Blizzard Warning in effect through Sunday afternoon for New York City and Long Island; 18-24 inches of snow expected with winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 55 mph
- Virtually all flight operations cancelled at LaGuardia and JFK Airports; New Yorkers urged to avoid any unnecessary travel on roads or mass transit
- State resources include nearly 600 plows and 150,000 tons of road salt; 600 National Guard troops available for downstate region