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Thanks to everyone who reported for us tonight. We even got pictures sent to us from Maine and Florida. Closer to home, it appears this storm isn't testing the nerves of too many New Yorkers. We've been through much worse before.
Some 450 salt spreaders already have been deployed and 1,700 snow plows are ready to roll, as the Department of Sanitation prepares for the possibility of a major winter storm. NY1 meteorologists are calling for sustained winds and blizzard-like conditions to go along with up to eight inches of snow.
The MTA is suspending express service on some subway lines to protect equipment, and to focus on de-icing 220 miles of outdoor track. Hundreds of flights already have been canceled. Flooding is possible along coastal areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
This afternoon, Governor Cuomo issued a state of emergency, saying while the storm won’t be as bad as Sandy, the declaration will give the government more flexibility in dealing with the storm. Earlier today, Mayor Bloomberg said, "By morning, I would expect most streets to be more than passable. I see no reason to declare an emergency." What do you say?
Do you have confidence the City will respond adequately? How are you preparing? If you live in a coastal community, what are your neighbors doing to ride out the storm? In general, do you think New Yorkers (including news stations!) overreact to weather events?
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I'm Lisa from Staten Island, Grymes Hill. I just heard the woman with the Southern, I think, accent from Chelsea who has the little dog saying it wasn't a snowstorm. This is a pet peeve of mine. Manhattanites who can't comprehend that because their little Island doesn't have snow, there must be snow nowhere. And only some are like this, not all. When often things are different in the outer boroughs, NJ, CT, Long Island, Westchester. It's not too bad here so far.
They also don't realize things are different when you can either take a subway home or just walk. It's very different for those of us who have no other option than surface transit for our all or part of our commutes.
I'm fortunate my current employer is very understanding of this. It's one of the reasons I'm glad to work there. But I've worked for employers not so understanding. Such as the one where my boss/co-workers would dismiss my concerns about the weather when nearly everyone else took the subway.
But when there was the blackout awhile back and the subways weren't running, they suddenly understood the concept of me not taking the subway and expected me to be in. My boss even left a voicemail on my phone saying I was their best hope for the department being open that day. Btw, I listened to the voicemail on the ferry on my way in. I had no problem with going in because I wasn't affected that badly (my power came back on overnight and the building where I worked had power come back). I could understand most of my co-workers couldn't make it in because the subways were down. All I wanted was a little mutual understanding for when it was difficult for me to get in.
The snow barely hit the city for me in Chelsea. I do understand taking extra precaution is a good thing; but it's as if the city is reacting to never ever having snow before. Come on, this is America - the closing of stores, after-school classes - it's silly.
I'm going out for a drink anyways!
Bloomberg is so scared of getting caught with his pants down again, so we have to put up with this hysteria every time we have a little seasonal weather.
I think the City is overreacting but I don't mind one bit. Over reacting means that the streets will be plowed and clean, MTA will be up and running, and it will be business as usual. I don't look at it as overreacting, I look at it as the NYC actually doing a good job for a change. I knew that would happen so I did not prepare anymore than usual.
Marine Park, Brooklyn
IT'S A BUST!!! It must be great to be a meteorologist! Better off going to see a Palm Reader! EVEN A BROKEN CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY!
I understand the storm situation is credible but the governer and mayor still not discussed what we going through. This situation of this bus strike which drivers and matrons love there children and care but has not been resolved caring parents do you care what are u going to do.
we have to stop over reacting ....life will go on ........ make sure to thank your superintendent...and their staff....
luis,.... upper westside
I THINK THE METEROLOGISTS EXHAGERATE. THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT AMOUNT OF SNOW WE ARE GETTING IS THE MAN UPSTAIRS. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP (THE 1950's), THE WEATHERMAN DID NOT HAVE COMPUTERS AND DOPLAR RADARS TO PREDICT A STORM AND 95% HE WOULD BE RIGHT. ALSO, THE SANITATION HAS THEIR TRUCKS OUT BEFORE THE SNOW EVEN HITS THE GROUND, BUT WHEN THE SNOW ACCUMULATES, THERE ARE NO SANITATION TRUCKS IN SIGHT.
BRING BACK THE WEATHERMAN OF LONG AGO....
Someone on the Five tonight said that the anchor from your channel was there about 4:30am and they already had everything lined up at the Dept of Sanitation. I guess that means Bloomberg is ready and maybe we were not suppose to know that. I guess that's like getting things ready for the morning before one goes to bed. I still remember how they blamed us for the last snow storm in that people took their cars out and blocked the streets so that they couldn't plow. Jobs are scarce and maybe they to go to work or get medicine. I have no use for any of them. Cuomo was warned when Irene hit and then we had Sandy. People are still complaining that they have paid into their insurance companies very high fees and still have not heard form them. So between the president, the governor and the Mayor - to me they could have done more. They are all just talk. By them being warned after Irene they chose to ignore the warning. With these politicians all they do is complain that they don't have the money to upgrade or do whatever experts suggest and then it happened. So once again I ask where is all the money?
Thank you John,
I think Sanitation will do well tonight. As for me, during and after the last big snow, I shoveled the sidewalk ten times on one day. For some weird reason, I like shoveling snow.
Port Richmond, SI
We all knew there was a blizzard coming. I don't think MTA got the memo. I have been waiting 3 hours for a bus to Staten Island along with about 100 other people trying to get home. Really MTA when are going to get your crap together.
Shelly from SI