NY governor declares state of emergency as winter storm hits

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New York Governor Chris Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday morning as a massive winter storm is expected to produce heavy snowfall and high winds throughout the tri-state area.

Nine counties along the Hudson Valley and Long Island were included in the declaration along with New York City.

“When snow is falling that quickly, it makes it very difficult for plows to keep up with it. I want New Yorkers to hear me loud and clear — stay home and off the roads and if you must travel, get where you’re going before noon, and expect to remain home for some time. We’ve been through this before and we will get through it again,” Governor Cuomo said in a press conference.

Snowfall rate of 1-3 inches per hour is expected with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted out a statement on Sunday deeming all “nonessential travel will be restricted in New York City” starting 1 Feb.

“This winter storm will be dangerous with heavy snowfall and strong winds. If you can stay home, stay home. Keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles,” the mayor Tweeted.

If you are in the region, be safe.

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