NEW YORK (AP) - New York officials are bracing for a gale-force storm expected to hit most of the U.S. East Coast next week. But they stress that there's no need to panic.
Forecasters say there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get high winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday. While it's too early for precise forecasts, New York City and New Jersey could get the worst of it.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday noted the uncertainty in the forecasts but said the city has opened its emergency management situation room and has taken other precautions.
Anxiety is especially high in Northeast areas socked last year by a freak October snow storm that knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)