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Governor declares state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy heads for Queens


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Meteorologists expect the pre-Halloween hurricane horror “Frankenstorm” to strike Queens early Monday with the strongest surge coming later that day.

Hurricane Sandy has already blown through Haiti and Cuba and is forecasted to make a significant impact on a large portion of the New York metro area, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.  Due to the storm’s potential impact, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency throughout New York.

Tropical storm-level winds may begin Sunday night with the stronger gusts coming Monday.  Sustained winds at 40-50 mph with gusts 60-70 mph  are expected with the potential for even stronger bursts.  Power outages, structural damage and downed trees are common in those types of winds.

Waves may reach 2o-25 feet off the coast.

“What we’ve been saying to everyone in coastal communities is prepare for a significant amount of coastal flooding,” Stark said.

During the heaviest rainfall, one to two inches per hour may flood areas.

Officials have not yet issued mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas, though they are still possible.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has canceled all elective admissions at hospital in Zone A, which include the Queens neighborhoods of the Rockaways, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel.

A decision on whether to close schools in the city will likely be made on Sunday, the mayor said.

Hurricanes rarely touch down in the area this late in hurricane season which lasts through November. Some have briefly touched the area in October, Stark said.

“It’s happening a little closer to land than what is typically common,” Stark said.

The “Frankenstorm” is interacting with a jet stream and cold front from the west pulling it back to the west rather than continuing out into open waters.

 

Power outages throughout Queens


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Severe storms striking the area have knocked out power to hundreds of customers in Queens.

Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to pound the area throughout the night.  Downed trees and limbs place power lines at risk.

Approximately 200 borough residents still find themselves without power. Earlier this evening nearly 1,500 were without electricity in Queens.

Con Ed is responding to the outages.  To report power loss call 800-75CONED.

The company also issued some safety tips in the event you see a downed power line:

  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
  • Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.

Flood advisory issued for Queens


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Heavy rains and thunderstorms may cause flash flooding throughout the borough.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory with up to one inch of rain per half hour forecasted to be poured on Queens through 2 p.m.

Forty mph winds are expected to accompany the thunderstorm.

Heavy rain over a short period of time caused massive flooding in many areas of Queens two weeks ago, placing streets under water, while flooding residents’ basements.

 

Con Ed, union reach deal, end lock out


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Thunderstorms threatening New York City helped Con Edison and its workers strike a tentative deal ending a month long lock out.

After a temporary deal was struck earlier in the day to send some workers back to the job, Con Ed, Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a tentative agreement on a new four-year deal.

“We would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his support and guidance in helping Con Edison and the leadership of UWUA Local 1-2 reach a tentative agreement that is fair and equitable for our employees and customers,” Con Ed said in a statement.  “We look forward to our union employees returning to work. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the talks to reach this agreement.”

All electrical operations workers are to head to work immediately, the union’s website said, with all other employees to return for their next regular shift.

Electric operations workers were to return to work to assist with potential power restoration resulting from approaching storms before the deal was reached.

“Our people are certainly not going to let down New York City if there is an emergency,” said John Melia, spokesperson for Local 1-2.

But now any problems that arise during the potentially dangerous storms will have a fully staffed Con Ed to handle them.

Approximately 8,500 workers have been locked out since the beginning of July. Over that time, 5,000 management personnel have maintained the system.

 

Severe thunderstorm watch issued in Queens


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Severe thunderstorms currently over New Jersey are expected to strike Queens in the late afternoon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area with damaging winds and hail possible.

The borough last week dealt with an intense storm that knocked out power to thousands of residents while knocking down branches throughout Queens.

Rain is forecasted to begin falling at about 3 p.m. The watch will remain in effect until 11 p.m.

 

More than 2,500 Queens residents without power


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More than 2,000 Queens residents are without power thanks to a powerful storm that swept through the area with high winds, rain and hail.

Downed power lines have knocked out electricity for approximately 1,000 Con Edison customers in both Fresh Meadows and Middle Village.

A spokesperson for the company said overhead wires are susceptible to braches, rain and hail during thunderstorms.

Con Ed workers are currently at the scene.

The company estimated the power will be restored in these areas by approximately 3 a.m.

Outages of this sort are easier to restore than infrastructure problems, the spokesperson said.

These are not the only areas experiencing problems from the storm; nearly 500 residents in Maspeth are without power along with 50 in Clearview.

Other outages are scattered throughout the borough.

 

Severe storm warning issued for Queens; Quarter-sized hail expected


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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Queens this afternoon. The NWS reported that the storm may produce quarter sized hail and winds in excess of 60 mph.

Heavy lightning is also expected with the storm. The potentially dangerous conditions have led the NWS to advise residents to stay indoors until the storm passes.

Heavy rain – one and a half inches per hour – may accompany the storm causing possible coastal flooding.