YONKERS, N.Y. – An impending storm could mean more bad news for power restoration efforts in a city still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Forecasters have predicted a nor’easter to blow into Yonkers Wednesday, bringing with it wind gusts, rain, snow and a potential for flooding.
In preparation, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Yonkers, cautioning of winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts that could reach 60 mph. The warning will take effect at 1 p.m. Wednesday and last until 4 a.m. Thursday.
Con Edison is also warning the more than 5,200 city residents without power that the storm may delay restoration efforts and possibly cause new outages.
“The new weather system approaching the region on Wednesday will bring rain and heavy winds that could slam trees into power lines,” the power company said in a statement. “The new storm could delay Con Edison's customer restorations. Crews repairing overhead lines and equipment cannot work in high winds.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the Department of Public Works have made sand bags available at the city’s Organic Waste Yard, 610 Nepperhan Ave., for residents in flood prone areas.
The city also said Tuesday its snow plows are prepared in the event of snow accumulation.
In addition, the Fire Department is urging residents to prepare for the effects of the new storm.
“If you aren't ready for the next storm, you've got a couple hours before it is too late. Get shovels ready, salt for walkways,” the department tweeted Wednesday morning.