NEW YORK (AP) — Stressing that there's no need to panic, New York officials are bracing for a gale-force storm expected to hit most of the U.S. East Coast next week.
Forecasters say there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get high winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday. While it's too early for precise forecasts, New York City and New Jersey could get the worst of it.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday noted the uncertainty in the forecasts. But he said the city was beginning to take precautions and has opened its emergency management situation room.
"What we are doing is we are taking the kind of precautions you should expect us to do, and I don't think anyone should panic. It's probably not going to be a great weekend for outdoor activity Sunday into Monday, maybe — Saturday should be OK," he said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed state agencies to begin emergency preparations and asked residents to pay close attention to storm updates.
"I urge all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path, using local radio and television or online reports," Cuomo said. "We will actively monitor the storm's progress and take any steps necessary to protect our state's residents."