As Hurricane Hermine continues to gain strength and is projected to head up the East Coast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state officials to activate preparedness efforts.
"As Tropical Storm Hermine continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico, I have directed the state Office of Emergency Management to closely monitor its path and for state agencies to be prepared. The MTA, Port Authority, Department of Transportation, National Guard, state police, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, state parks and Public Service Commission are on alert and ready to respond in the event this storm impacts our region," Cuomo said.
The projected track of Hurricane Hermine has shifted significantly to the west, meaning it could pass over and impact the area this weekend, said officials with the National Hurricane Center.
If Hermine does indeed reach the area, it will be significantly weakened by staying over land, but it could still pack a powerful punch late Saturday and into Sunday, particularly in terms of rainfall and heavy winds. It could also affect the area into Labor Day.
If the storm continues far enough up the coast, there is a possibility downstate New York may experience high rip currents, heavy rain and strong winds this Labor Day weekend.
"While we continue to monitor this storm, I urge all New Yorkers, especially those in the downstate region, to be prepared, check local weather reports, and use NY Alert to stay updated on the storm's progress throughout the weekend," Cuomo added.
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