The Capital Region's prospects for dangerous wind have been upgraded, with a high wind warning issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service.
The warning goes into effect on Monday at 6 a.m. and lasts until Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady and Albany counties included in the advisory. There will likely be strong wind gusts Monday morning, but the most significant gusts won't happen until Monday evening. These strong winds will likely bring down trees and power lines, with widespread power outages possible, and there could be some damage to poorly made structures.
This warning came shortly before Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the New York Power Authority plant in Cohoes. At 2:30 p.m., made a brief appearance, which included first responders on scene and Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton.
"[Hurricane Sandy] is nothing to be trifled with, so please treat it with respect," said Cuomo, who urged people use extreme caution if they must travel. He added that the circumstances for Monday were a "serious situation" and thanked Stratton and others for their service.
At the event, Stratton confirmed that the Canal Corporation was lowering water levels in the Erie Canal. "“We’re doing everything we can with the extended lead time," he said of their efforts.
The prospects of flooding have not increased in the Capital Region, which is still under a flood watch from the National Weather Service. This warning goes into effect on Monday afternoon and includes all the aforementioned counties, except Fulton County.
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