New York Declares State Of Emergency As Frankenstorm Nears

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency today as “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the east coast.

Hurricane Sandy, which has already left more than 40 people dead in its wake, is scheduled to make landfall somewhere along the east coast early next week.

Cuomo said:

“As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts … We are working with federal and local partners to follow storm developments and organize a coordinated response plan. With unpredictable weather conditions, we are taking the greatest precautions – especially after our experience from last year’s storms. I urge New Yorkers to plan for hurricane conditions and follow news reports to stay updated on the storm’s progress.”

The NY Daily News reports that city officials may decide to evacuate New York over the weekend.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

“We are taking all the steps that we need to take. But the storm is moving at a rate that we’re still not going to have a good sense of when and where it’s going to hit land.”

The Inquisitr reported earlier today that Hurricane Sandy is moving slow across the Atlantic at about 7 mph. The storm, which spans close to 550 miles, is expected to make landfall somewhere between Virginia and New York early next week. Due to the size of the storm, nearly the entire east coast will see some rain and wind from the storm.