Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy # 6

Good afternoon

Not too much has changed with the forecast since yesterday.

We are still expecting a 3" rain event, higher amounts in the mountains (up to 6" or so).

A flood watch remain in effect from Monday into Tuesday. Areas mentioned in previous reports continue to be of concern. Additionally, the combined effects of tidal influences with high river levels focus concern on areas like downtown Kingston.

We are now under a high wind warning. Sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with 60 MPH gusts (70 in the mountains) are still expected. Note that the winds will come from the east, as opposed to normal westerly direction. This will stress the trees in an unusual manner.

The timing of the worst wind and rain will be from Monday afternoon into Monday evening and into Tuesday.

Shelters will be as follows (people need to bring their own bedding and personal hygiene products):

Trudy Farber Resnick building in Ellenville, opening at 8AM Monday,

Mid Town Neighborhood Center in Kingston, opening at 8 AM Monday.

Belleayre Ski Center in Shandaken, opening at 8 AM Monday.

Saugerties Senior Citizens Center opening at 10 AM Monday.

SUNY New Paltz at a time to be determined.

Currently there are states of emergency in effect in Shandaken and Marlboro.

The County's Emergency Operations Center will open at 8 AM on Monday. The County Executive has met with EOC staff.

Governor Cuomo's representative to the Catskill region will be DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

If municipalities require assistance, please contact the Emergency Management phone line at 331-7000 .