As if Sandy wasn’t enough, some more rough weather is expected starting tomorrow evening and going into Thursday. The forecast: Showers in the morning becoming steady rain in the afternoon. High near 40F. Winds 25-35 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Evening: Windy with rain, then a mix of rain and snow late. Low 36F. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph. The 84th Precinct Community Council has these suggestions:
The National Weather Service is forecasting a Nor’Easter storm to hit our area late Wednesday night into Thursday bringing with it possible 40-50 mile per hour winds and 2-4″ of rain. Tidal surges of 4-5′ are also possible.
While New York has seen its share of these types of storms in the past, its arrival just about one week after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of our City is cause for us to take pause and ensure some basic preparations are made – especially in tidal areas.
We ask that you ensure loose items or debris around your home are secured, and any tree limbs that were affected by Sandy be removed or secured.
Stock up on essential food and water supplies if possible, and fuel your vehicles when you can (we know the lines are long!)
Make a plan – ensure family members know how to contact each other and where to meet should communication be difficult.
Check your flashlights and make sure they have a supply of batteries.
If you use candles, use them with care – keep them away from any flammable objects (curtains etc) and never use them unattended – particularly when sleeping.
Do not use your stove or oven to provide heat – Carbon Monoxide is deadly and open flames are even more dangerous.
Most importantly, check on your neighbors – especially the elderly and infirm – now, more than ever, New Yorker’s need each other.
We are here if you needs us – our Community Affairs Bureau command center is open 24/7 at this time to answer any questions you may have. We can be reached at 646-610-5323 or 718-610-5323 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll keep you informed about weather developments. Update: MSNBC reports that the storm may bring “a few inches” of snow and wind gusts up to 50 MPH to the New York City area. Coastal flooding is not expected to be nearly as severe as with Sandy. Still, the storm will likely hamper recovery efforts.