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Sandy leads to state of emergency in Massena; several local schools planning early dimissals

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With expectations that high winds will lead to downed trees and powerlines and significant power outages throughout the region, county and local officials are gearing up for the storm that is expected to hit the region mid to late Monday afternoon.

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Massena Village Police Timmy J. Currier issued the following release late Sunday afternoon:



Following the recommendation of St. Lawrence County, Massena Mayor James F. Hidy and Supervisor Joseph D. Gray issued a joint Declaration of Emergency, pursuant to New York Executive Law Article 2-B and Section 24 –Effective October 28, 2012 at 6:00pm.

This declaration provides village and town officials the opportunity to prepare for the anticipated storm and directs officials to take whatever steps are or may be necessary to protect life, property and public infrastructure, or to provide emergency assistance.

Village and town officials, along with emergency responders and designated emergency preparedness personnel, are meeting at 10a.m. Monday to take necessary steps to respond appropriately to the forecasted storm.

For more information of the storm and efforts underway in New York state, go to: http:// www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/



St. Lawrence County officials issued the following release:



Hurricane Sandy is a severe weather event and will begin impacting the St. Lawrence County region tomorrow.

At this point, strong damaging winds will be the biggest threat, with flooding a secondary threat.



Timing:



Main event should begin Monday around midday to 5 p.m. Northern New York will see conditions worsen by the evening commute. Conditions are expected to slowly abate during the day Tuesday, with showery conditions continuing into Wednesday.



Winds:



High confidence of strong/damaging easterly winds affecting western slopes of the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley. Winds will vary through time and by location from northeasterly, to easterly to southeasterly.

We expect a lengthy period of frequent wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph in these most prone areas, from Monday afternoon into Monday night, with conditions remaining quite breezy, with winds and gusts abating through Tuesday into Wednesday. Outside these most prone areas, winds will still be quite strong with frequent gusts into the 40 to 50 mph range. This result in many trees downed and significant and lengthy power outage issues across the region.

Minor flooding possible, confidence remains moderate to high. Most rivers/streams shoužd see only nuisance issues.

We anticipate of rain from Monday into Tuesday with a few favored spots nearing 3 inches with the areas seeing closer to 3 inches being the eastern slopes of the Adirondacks and east slopes of the Green Mountains in Southern Vermont. This may result in some minor flooding. The Otter Creek, and the AuSab|e River aremost prone (as usual)l though a few smaller rivers in southern Vermont such as the Black River may also experience minor flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the area for 2p.m. Monday through 11a.m. Tuesday. A Flood Watch is also in effect from Monday evening into Wednesday morning. This watch is for the southeast upslope facing sides of the Eastern Adirondacks, as welt as the Central and Southern Green Mountains.

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