Official links for vital information
A storm of historic proportions is bearing down on the east coast. Hurricane Sandy is expected to produce high winds, rain, record surf and flooding. The impact of the storm will be felt in Western New York as forecasters predict the storm will turn left into Pennsylvania and New York. Subways in the city are closed.
Flood watches and high wind warnings are posted for Western New York, with lakeshore flooding probable in Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. WBBZ has links on its website where you can find out the latest weather, transportation and emergency information.
The official, and most accurate site for weather is from the National Weather Service. That link is: www.noaa.gov.
Here is the link for the National Weather Service for Western New York: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Buffalo
Headed to the airport? Get the latest travel information directly from the NFTA with arrival and departure delays. Check directly with your carrier. That link is: www.nfta.com.
If you need emergency services, the Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross is ready to assist. WBBZ encourages people to make a donation to the Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with storm relief efforts. That link is: http://www.redcross.org/ny/buffalo.
You can reach the Red Cross to make a donation by calling 716-886-7500.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama have declared a State of Emergency for all of New York state. If you need help, there is a toll free line you can call: 1-888-769-7243 or visit the FEMA website at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
the storm on Google Maps: http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy
Check on your elderly relatives, neighbors, and make sure your pets are safe, too. If you need to use a generator, use it outside. Check the operation of your sump-pump to make sure your basement does not flood.
Here is vital information on your utilities should there be an interruption of service from National Grid or New York State Electric and Gas:
When your power is out, we encourage you to click here: http://ebiz1.nyseg.com/cusweb/outagenotification.aspx to notify us of the outage. If it's available, an estimated restoration time for your location will be provided. Call 1-800-572-1131 to report any electricity emergency. For natural gas emergencies, call 1-800-572-1121.
Please remember: Stay away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear "dead" can be deadly. Also, stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring, outlets or natural gas service may pose a hazard. Visit http://www.nyseg.com/outages/outageinformation.html or https://www1.nationalgridus.com/OutageCentral.
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