TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Local officials are getting ready for an “extremely active” hurricane season this year by taking a lesson from Hurricane Sandy.
The 2012 storm downed trees and caused major power outages throughout Westchester County.
Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting as many as 11 hurricanes this year, six of which could be a Category 3 storm or higher. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
“As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline," acting NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan said in a statement. "Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
Sleepy Hollow Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio says the village's own emergency services have been extremely prepared in past storms. Village officials are also working on a hazard mitigation plan, which will be completed in the fall.
Giaccio said village officials have met with Con Edison to discuss better emergency preparation.
“Con Edison has made significant improvements especially in the area of communication, which we think will help deal with emergencies in the future,” Giaccio said. “The village will have more input on restoration efforts, and we will have a better trained Con Ed liaison on-call during emergencies. We’re confident that Con Ed’s efforts will be more effective, but we won’t know for sure until a storm hits.”
Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said village officials are also preparing for hurricane season.
“I will be reviewing on planning with my Department Heads to determine whether changes need to be made to the plan,” he said.
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