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Superstorm At A Glance: New York state
    
POWER OUTAGES: About 1.9 million without electricity statewide, down from 2.2 million Tuesday. Most outages, 1.6 million, are in New York City, its northern suburbs and Long Island.
    
EVACUATIONS: 375,000 people were ordered to leave flood-prone zones in New York City.
    
SHELTERS: 6,465 people at 76 shelters Wednesday in New York City, which has 16,000 shelter beds.
    
DEATHS: At least 30, including 22 in New York City. Of the known dead, two boys in North Salem, a man on Long Island, a man in Queens, a man in Pearl River and a couple in Brooklyn were all killed by falling trees. One woman died when she stepped in a puddle that hid an electrical line while a man in Yonkers died when he crashed into a downed tree. Others either drowned or were found dead in a home or car. A woman in Ulster County was killed when a roof blew into her windshield.
    
CLOSINGS: All New York City schools closed Wednesday. New York metro area subways remain shut down, along with Amtrak service. Limited service was set to resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday on two of the city's vital commuter rail systems, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. Some bus service in the city also resumed Wednesday, and some of the city's bridges reopened but major tunnels remain closed.
    
HIGHLIGHTS: Mayor Michael Bloomberg rang the opening bell Wednesday morning at the New York Stock Exchange after a rare two-day closure.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York and Long Island.

The states of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts each declared States of Emergency in preperation for the storm.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that President Obama has granted his request for a federal emergency declaration.

The declaration will enable the federal government to provide assistance and resources to New York State and local governments to support activities related to evacuation, sheltering, and other protective measures. It will also provide New York with technical assistance at no cost from any federal agency in support of the state's response to Hurricane Sandy. This includes areas such as debris management, logistics management and electric power generation.

In the Capital Region, several cities and towns have declared State of Emergency's in preparation for Sandy. 

Amtrak and Megabus have suspended and canceled several services scheduled between Sunday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th, in light of severe area weather due to Hurricane Sandy.

Residents along the coast are being cautioned that days without electricity could follow the storm, but after Irene left millions without power, utilities are taking no chances and are lining up extra crews and tree-trimmers. Wind threatens to topple power lines, and trees that still have leaves could be weighed down by snow and fall over if the weight becomes too much.


Helpful Links:

School Closings

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Hurricane Center

Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips

NEWS10 Viewer Storm Preparation Tips

National Grid:

New York:

New York Emergency Management Agency at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/

New Yorkers can get up to date information at governor.ny.gov and by following their office on Twitter @NYGovCuomo.

The public can also receive notifications via email, text and phone call through the state's notification system, NY-Alert by going to NYalert.gov to sign up for free.

National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany

Massachusetts:

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema (Hurricane preparedness tips and other preparedness information are available through the "Hurricane" link on MEMA's homepage).

MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA

MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov

National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston

Mass211 at www.mass211.org

Vermont:

Those Vermonters who wish to donate to Sandy relief efforts have a number of options.  The Vermont Community Foundation has set up a web page with a number of options for donating to national and regional disaster relief efforts.

The site also includes links to volunteer organizations and social media sites that coordinate volunteers and donations.  The site can be found at:

http://www.vtfloodresponse.org/DefaultPermissions/StormSandy/tabid/210/Default.aspx

The American Red Cross is also taking cash donations at http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.

For more preparedness tips visit: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness.

For road closures call 511 or visit: www.511vt.com.

Weather Forecast: www.weather.gov/btv

Vermont Emergency Management on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement

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