Monroe County Prepares for Hurricane Sandy
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
New York State has declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.
Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes aren't expected to feel the effects until later Monday. County representatives are urging residents to be prepared. The Red Cross has made preparations to open area shelters if needed.
"We have the paperwork, the signage, the kits are ready to roll into the shelter and open it up and people are trained to do that," said Marjorie Beldue, of the Greater Rochester Red Cross.
Area schools plan to be open as usual Monday. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks says 911 will be notifying residents to take precautionary measures.
"At my direction the Emergency Operations Center will be activating tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Eighteen agencies throughout the county will be required to provide staff at the center 24 hours a day," said Brooks.
Sandy is expected to bring several inches of rain and pack winds with gusts that could damage the Lake Ontario shoreline and down trees and power lines. Getting around may be a challenge.
"We would encourage anyone who's traveling to contact the airline before coming to the airport," said Mike Giardino, Director of Aviation.
But the uncertainty that comes with Mother Nature, has people stocking up.
Water, batteries and flashlights were hot commodities throughout the area, and while shoppers were buying more groceries than normal, they say they're not really worried about the storm, but just want to be prepared. Some have even taken a light-hearted approach.
"It's kind of fun..to see the hype everyone is all excited about it, we're storm watchers so we like it, so we'll see what happens," said Lorenzo Rinaudo of Rochester.
But ready or not, here she comes.