Upstate NY braces as Sandy churns into region - New York News

Upstate NY braces as Sandy churns into region

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - From the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks and west to Buffalo, upstate New Yorkers are stocking up on supplies, boarding up windows and fleeing flood-prone homes as a massive storm Sandy churns into the region.

Municipal offices, colleges, and dozens of school districts across the state shut down Monday, hours before the storm was expected to arrive with heavy rain and wind gusting to 65 mph.

The storm is a hybrid forming as Hurricane Sandy merges with a winter storm from the west and an arctic blast from the north. The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph Monday afternoon through Tuesday, and one to six inches of rain.

The wind is expected to cause more damage than usual because it's coming from the north in a region where trees are anchored against the prevailing west wind.

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