Following suit with the city, Schenectady County officials declared a state of emergency in anticipation of high winds and rains associated with the approaching Hurricane Sandy.
County officials are advising all residents to use caution when traveling during periods of high winds. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting sustained winds late of up to 40 mph until late evening tonight; some areas could have gusts of up to 60 mph.
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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.
The county is anticipating the high winds could down power lines and cause outages. They are asking residents to leave downed lines alone and immediately report them to authorities.
Local authorities have also declared a state of emergency in Montgomery County today because of Hurricane Sandy and are advising people to travel only if it is an emergency. The emergency takes effect at 5 p.m.
Authorities said travel may become treacherous throughout the county because of worsening storm conditions. Motorists violating this order may be ticketed by law enforcement officials.
The announcement came from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, the state police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.