Resources and Information
Bedford declared a state of emergency Monday at noon.
Warming centers are available at each of the three fire departments. All non-essential travel on roads in the Town of Bedford is prohibited. The Town House will be closed this afternoon and Tuesday, reopening at 8:30am on Wednesday.
If overnight sheltering is necessary, please call the Bedford Police Department at 914-241-3111 to make arrangements. Overnight shelter will be available at the Bedford Hills Fire Department.
In Lewisboro, officials have declared a state of emergency as of 7 p.m. Sunday night, Supervisor Peter Parsons told Patch.
Beginning at 7 p.m., town hall will be used as Lewisboro’s emergency command center; the phone number is (914) 977-8043. This number may be used for any to obtain information and to report such incidents as blocked roads. For emergency calls, locals are directed to use 9-1-1.
Residents are encouraged to use the town’s website to obtain information and resources. In the event the host server goes down, an alternate website has been set up at lewisboroemergency.com. The sites will be updated starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., daily.
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has launched a Hurricane Sandy Helpline. Residents can call 1–888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for questions related to preparation for the storm.
Road closures and power outages
NYSEG officials say they are prepared to respond to outages but customers should prepare themselves to be without power as a result of the storm—possibly for days. Click here for their latest press release (Monday 4 p.m.)
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Click on the NYSEG outage map for the latest in local power outages.
To report downled lines, call ConEdison – 800-752-6633 and NYSEG at 800-572-1131 (electric); 800-572-1121 (gas). To report a life-threatening emergency or no power, by telephone, contact NYSEG Electrical emergency at 800-572-1131.
Dial 211 for up-to-date road closure information. Bedford police request that locals do not call police to inquire about road conditions. Dispatch staff will likely be unable to commit time to discussing road conditions.
Current forecast: Monday 1 p.m.
You can listen to this audio podcast from the National Hurricane Center, saying the weather is “going to deteriorate very rapidly through this afternoon to mid-this evening.”
Hurricane Sandy is moving toward the New Jersey coast and landfall is expected for the southern coast there. However, effects of “this very large landfall,” will be felt in several states sometime early-to-mid this evening. Gusts will max out at 90 miles per hour.
The winds will be hurricane-force and rainfall will reach 6 to 12 inches. “It’s not just a coastal event and inland flooding is a concern as well,” said James Franklin with the National Hurricane Center.
According to computer-model simulations it will lose power Tuesday, still with huricane-force winds topping off around 55 miles per hour. It is a large system that will impact many people for multiple days with widespread power outages, coastal storm surges and flooding.
A 20-mile-wide eye has developed since this morning. Wind and storm surge warnings remain in effect. The National Weather Service says the exact location of the landfall is of little importance because of the storm’s size. For example, up to two feet of snow are expected in West Virginia; up to 22-foot waves are expected on Lake Ontario.
For a storm explainer: What Is This “Frankenstorm” Heading Our Way?
Cancellations and closures
- The Mount Kisco Medical Group is closing all offices and emergency care centers at 1 p.m. Monday; all patients should call 244Mkmg to check on their appointment status rest of week, and should call 911 for emergencies.
- Local libraries (in Bedford and in Lewisboro) will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29. Stay tuned for information regarding this week’s Halloween events.
- Bedford Central and Katonah Lewisboro schools have cancelled school for Monday and Tuesday Oct. 29-30.
- The Katonah Art Center is closed Monday and Tuesday.
- The Katonah Museum is closed Monday but may open Tuesday.
- The town of Bedford has cancelled all activities and closed all parks beginning Monday morning at 7 a.m. due to concerns about falling trees and flooding. Officials request all residents stay off the trails during the storm. High winds may result in trees coming down and large tree limbs breaking off.
- The Town of Lewisboro has cancelled its Monday night board meeting. The next Town Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8 at the Lewisboro Library.
- The League of Women Voters Oct. 29 candidate forum at John Jay High School is cancelled.
- All Bedford Community Theater activities scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been cancelled.
- Westchester County: The regular meeting and planned Italian heritage celebration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) scheduled for Oct. 29 has been changed from 7 PM to 11 AM.
- Westchester County: The veterans town hall scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 is cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
Patch’s full coverage
- Bedford Declares State of Emergency
- Lewisboro Declares State of Emergency
- Flights Expected to Cease, PATH to Shut Down
- MTA Suspending Metro North, Subways, Buses as of 7 PM
- Red Cross Launches Multi-State Response
- AG Warns Against Price Gouging
- School Closings in the Hudson Valley
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