New York Declares State of Emergency Over Snowstorms!
Due to anticipated snowstorms in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Tuesday 13th March.
The busiest city in the United States, which normally runs 24-hour commercial and transportation services will have to shut down most of its outdoor activities until the weather conditions gets better.
Andrew Cuomo said that a state of emergency would go into effect at midnight.
“The New York City Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have issued a Blizzard Watch in effect from late Monday night through late Tuesday night.
“The storm is to bring heavy snow, along with strong and potentially damaging winds that will create hazardous travel conditions on Tuesday.
“As everybody has heard, mother nature plans on visiting us later tonight and the expectation is that she’s going to bring a wintry fury with her, which we are taking quite seriously.
“Public schools in New York City have already canceled classes for Tuesday.”
The governor said flood watch is expected to go into effect on Tuesday for coastal regions in New York.
Cuomo directed state agencies to begin preparing for the storm and called on residents to limit unnecessary travel on Tuesday.
He said the region anticipated substantial Mass Transit Agency (MTA) service changes, which would affect subways, buses, the Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road.
According to newsmen, Cuomo said that above-ground MTA service would be suspended at 4a.m. on Tuesday.
The UN headquarters complex will be closed on Tuesday due to snowstorms, the UN Department of Management and the Department of Safety and Security reported.
Tal Mekel, Acting Chief, Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, in a statement issued on Monday, said all activities at the headquarters were canceled as a result of the inclement weather.
UN emphasizesd on the weather announcement, urging schools to adhere to the warnings, adding that all after-school activities are also cancelled.
The snowstorms also led to the cancellation of the meeting between U.S. president Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, set for Tuesday.
The meeting between the two leaders have now been postponed to Friday, the White House said on Monday.
Meanwhile on Monday, all flights within, into or out of the U.S. experienced 2,891 delays and another 1,552 cancellations as of 6 p.m. local time, according to FlightAware.
FlightAware said another 4,917 flights originally scheduled for Tuesday were canceled.
American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines issued travel alerts and began waiving re-booking fees for flights within affected regions.
The weather service issued blizzard warnings for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with several other states told to be on their guard.
The weather service called the storm life-threatening and warned people to shelter in place.
According to the service company, a total of 50 million people along the northeast region will be affected by the storm and temperatures will be 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of the year.
The expected snowfall and high winds may take down trees and power lines, John Latka, Vice President, Electric and Gas Operations at PSE&G, said in a statement on Monday.
Every storm with the potential for outages is taken seriously, and have additional personnel scheduled and on standby, with auxiliary equipment to manage any unforseen disaster.