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National Weather Service, wind warning, flood watch


October 28, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY IS EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE FLOODING TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST...INCLUDING LONG ISLAND SOUND AND NEW YORK HARBOR...WINDS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE FORCE AT LANDFALL...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM MONDAY TO 5 PM EDT
TUESDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA.

* WINDS...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 50 TO 60 MPH... ESPECIALLY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN.

* TIMING...WINDS WILL INCREASE MONDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD
PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES. THE STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE
TREES TO FALL RESULTING IN PROPERTY DAMAGE AND CLOSED ROADS.

...HEAVY RAIN FROM HURRICANE SANDY IS EXPECTED TO HIT THE AREA...

YATES-SENECA-SOUTHERN CAYUGA-STEUBEN-SCHUYLER-CHEMUNG-TOMPKINS-
CORTLAND-CHENANGO-OTSEGO-TIOGA-BROOME-DELAWARE-SULLIVAN-BRADFORD-SUSQUEHANNA-NORTHERN WAYNE-WYOMING-LACKAWANNA-LUZERNE-PIKE-SOUTHERN WAYNE-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PENN YAN...SENECA FALLS...AUBURN...CORNING...HORNELL...WATKINSGLEN...ELMIRA...
ITHACA...CORTLAND...NORWICH...ONEONTA...COOPERSTOWN...OWEGO
...BINGHAMTON...WALTON...DELHI...MONTICELLO...TOWANDA
...SAYRE...MONTROSE...TUNKHANNOCK...SCRANTON...WILKESBARRE
...HAZLETON...MILFORD...HONESDALE

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING...

* FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

* HEAVY RAIN FROM THE LAND FALLING HURRICANE SANDY WILL BEGIN
MONDAY AND CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY.

* RAINFALL TOTALS AVERAGING 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WATCH AREA... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND URBAN AREAS. PROLONGED HEAVY RAIN WILL CAUSE RISES ON AREA RIVERS AND MAY CAUSE MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING BEGINNING TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING ON
RIVERS...SMALL STREAMS...CREEKS...POOR DRAINAGE...URBAN AND LOW-LYING AREAS BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE
LIVING...WORKING OR DRIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.