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New York declares emergency ahead of Sandy
by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) Oct 26, 2012


US Navy sends ships to sea before 'Frankenstorm' hits
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2012 - The US Navy on Friday ordered more than 20 of its ships on the Virginia coast out to sea before powerful Hurricane Sandy strikes the area in the next 48 hours.

"Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to begin to sortie the fleet," said Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of US Fleet Forces.

"The current timeline allows them enough time to transit safely out of the path of the storm," he said in a statement.

The ships, from the sprawling naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, were directed to leave between Friday or Saturday afternoon and three vessels were already en route, the Navy said.

Commanders usually order naval ships to evacuate before major storms to safeguard vessels and piers from serious damage caused by high winds and powerful waves.

Under Friday's order, known as "Sortie Condition Alpha," ships ordered to leave included the aircraft carrier USS Truman, an amphibious assault ship, the USS Bataan, amphibious transport dock ships, three guided-missile cruisers, eight destroyers and other vessels.

Some ships that are undergoing repairs will not set out to sea and crews were taking precautions to try to protect the vessels, officers said.

Hurricane Sandy lashed the Bahamas on Friday with high waves and heavy rain, leaving 38 dead in the Caribbean.

Forecasters said the storm would combine forces with another weather system and slam into the eastern United States starting on Sunday.

Meteorologists have dubbed the confluence of weather patterns a "Frankenstorm," because it is due to hit America's coast right before Halloween on October 31 and is composed of storm elements from different sources.

New York's governor declared a state of emergency Friday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, while the mayor of New York City said the Big Apple was ready for anything.

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

"We are working with federal and local partners to follow storm developments and organize a coordinated response plan."

The hurricane, which was headed for a still uncertain landfall on the US East Coast after pounding the Caribbean and the Bahamas, could make a direct hit on New York next week, according to forecasts.

By the time Sandy arrives in the crowded New York metro region, it would likely be reduced to a tropical or even regular storm in terms of wind strength, but accompanied by heavy rain starting Monday and into Tuesday, forecasters say.

That could snarl the busy JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports, cripple mass transit and flood densely populated low-lying areas, as happened when the remnants of Hurricane Irene struck in 2011.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said evacuations of coastal neighborhoods and a shut-down of commuter trains and buses was possible.

"This is a very dangerous storm. You should pay attention to the various media outlets," Bloomberg told a live news conference. "Sunday, all bets are off but we'll make a bet on Sunday night and tell you what that is."

"We are working on making sure that if we have to evacuate people, we have 65-odd shelters that will be fully stocked," he said.

However, the mayor cautioned against overreacting, given the possibility of the storm weakening, as happened with Irene, or steering past the city.

"At the moment this storm could be a time when we say, 'boy, it's raining,' and nothing more. Let's hope that's the case," he said. "Irene, we thought, would be a disaster for our city and we had virtually no damage."

Areas beyond New York City suffered huge power outages and fallen tree damage during Irene and that could happen again, officials warned.

Cuomo said "although the storm track is still uncertain, Hurricane Sandy has the potential to affect many parts of New York State with a variety of threats including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges, and widespread power outages."

"I urge all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path, using local radio and television or online reports," Cuomo said.

Cuomo and Bloomberg urged residents to stock up on flashlights, food and water, and to have a bag ready with essentials in case of evacuation.

However, nothing will be decided on more extreme measures until more about the system is known, officials said.

The MTA transport network suspends service when winds reach 39 miles an hour (62 kilometers an hour) -- speeds that are forecasted for Monday into Tuesday.

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