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Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro activated the Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) this morning at 7:30am to monitor and respond to Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy is a very large storm, estimated at 1,000 miles wide. The Dutchess County area is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with high wind warning in effect now until 11am Tuesday morning. Approximately 3 inches of rainfall are currently predicted. A Flood Watch is currently in effect through late Tuesday night. Tidal flooding is likely to occur along the Hudson River. Hudson River water levels at Poughkeepsie are expected to rise above normal tide levels during periods of high tide.
Widespread power outages are expected as a result of high winds.
Agencies currently stationed at the Dutchess County EOC include:
County health and human service agencies are on stand by to respond as needed to address human services needs, such as isolated senior citizens, that may result from potential extended power outages.
County services update:
American Red Cross has coordinated two shelter locations:
For more information about ARC shelters, residents can call the American Red Cross at 1-800- RED CROSS.
State of Emergency declarations:
The following municipalities have made State of Emergency declarations. Please note, none of these municipalities have issued orders as part of the SOE declaration restricting travel. However,
Flooding has been reported on River Road and Water Street in New Hamburg, closing the roadway. Please note: road conditions are subject to change.
Storm information including shelter information will be available by calling the United Way’s 211 number. Reports of power outages should be directed to local utilities. Please remember, 911 is for EMERGENCIES only! Information will also be available on the County’s social media pages including Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutchess-County-Government/73646813346 and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/DutchessCoGov.