Winter Storm Nemo New York

Winter Storm Nemo New York, There was a flurry of activity on Thursday as New York City braced itself for the impending snowstorm, named Nemo, expected to hit the city Friday evening.

The NOAA issued a blizzard warning Thursday afternoon sending iPhones around the city shrieking with the warning. “Blizzard warning this area from 6 a.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check Media.”

New York City is expected to receive 12 to 20 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday, with winds reaching as high as 60 mph, said Jerry Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).

“This is a very dangerous storm,” he said. “We are taking this storm very serious, and you should take it very seriously.”

Hauer said during the height of the storm, likely Friday after rush hour, the city could see snow falling up to 3 to 4 inches per hour.

Hauer recommended if people did not have to go to work on Friday, they should stay in to avoid getting stranded.

Coastal areas such as Sea Gate and Breezy Point, which have still not recovered from Hurricane Sandy, will be on heightened alert. Tidal surges of three to five feet above normal are expected to roll in, possibly flooding the areas. Hauer said the flooding will be nothing like during Hurricane Sandy, where the surge was 13 feet.

Travel from Friday night into Saturday will be “almost impossible” according to Haur, and people are being asked to stay inside and avoid all travel.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to closely watch local news reports for weather updates. “Adjust [your] travel plans accordingly, including avoiding non-essential travel during and directly after the storm since roads will be icy with blizzard conditions in some places, ” Cuomo said in a statement.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a statement that said: “The agency is deploying extra staff and assembling snow-fighting equipment to handle whatever wintry conditions may develop at its airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.”

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