Orange County Prepared for Early Snowstorm - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County Prepared for Early Snowstorm

Oct 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead Article

ORANGE COUNTY PREPARED FOR WEEKEND STORM
Residents advised to monitor storm, limit travel

Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Walter C. Koury and Orange County Emergency Manager Seamus K. Leary participated in a conference call briefing early Friday by the National Weather Service located in Upton, NY regarding the potential for a significant snow event tomorrow in our region.

“Currently, Orange County is under a winter storm watch meaning that there exists a potential for significant accumulations impacting travel,” said Commissioner Koury.  “Motorists should take extra precautions tomorrow and should consider limiting unnecessary travel.”

According to the National Weather Service, the storm will begin with rain in Orange County and may change to snow.  This will be heavy wet snow that will stick to trees and utility lines.  In addition, winds may range from 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 45mph.

“The County’s Emergency Operations Center is now open on a limited basis, with a full activation planned for Saturday morning, meaning representatives from Orange County, New York State, and area utility companies are scheduled to report into the Emergency Services Center in Goshen to monitor the incident and be on hand to help County residents and local municipalities,” said Deputy Commissioner Leary.

The Division of Emergency Management offers residents the following advice on keeping safe:

· Only healthy individuals should shovel heavy, wet snow

· Don’t drive if not necessary

· Always run generators outside (not the garage)

· Hunters should take extra safety precautions

· Stay tuned to the National Weather Service for updates http://www.nws.noaa.gov
Hudson Valley residents in all affected areas can follow NY State information on the web – NY-ALERT, New York State’s all-hazards alert and notification system is one of the best ways residents can receive emergency information.  To subscribe for this free service, please visit www.nyalert.gov.  If you do not have internet access, you may still sign up for NY-ALERT by calling 1-888-697-6972.

For detailed information on winter preparedness please visit the New York State Office of Emergency Management.

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