CAPITAL REGION Hurricane Sandy continues to impact transportation throughout the Capital Region, even though its high winds and heavy rains are not expected to reach the area until later this afternoon.
Officials with the Albany International Airport announced the terminal will remain open for scheduled flights, diversions and emergencies. The airport has brought in additional staff to contend with storm emergencies and has emergency generators capable of operating for nearly two days.
Since New York City-area airports are operating at a limited capacity, Albany International is not expected to receive many diverted aircraft. Many flights out of Albany are being cancelled by their respective carriers.
Cape Air, Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines cancelled all flights as of noon. U.S. Airways and United Airlines both have one scheduled departure remaining, airport officials said.
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An emergency declaration has been issued in the city of Schenectady, until Wednesday.
National Grid has issued a series of tips for customers who may experience a power outage.
Hurricane Sandy's looming landfall prompted Amtrak to cancel all trains throughout the Northeastern corridor of service Sunday evening and nearly all service on the eastern seaboard today.
All Acela Express, Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, and Ethan Allen train services are suspended. The Maple Leaf will operate only between Toronto and Rensselaer, according to Amtrak.
Officials with the state Canal Corporation closed the entire system to navigation and warned boaters of possible fluctuations in water levels. They continue to monitor the hurricane and could take additional actions depending on the storm track.
Meanwhile, the Capital District Transportation Authority was running on schedule. Authority officials recommend checking for delays as the storm gets closer and in the event of local road closures.
The Saratoga & North Creek Railway suspended its service starting Monday evening. The service will remain closed through Wednesday.
The state Thruway Authority had no local warnings as of noon. The Thruway, however, has reduced speeds on the Tappan Zee Bridge to 35 mph due to high winds and warned it could close down should sustained winds reach 60 mph or more.
The authority is also prohibiting empty trailers from traveling across the bridge.