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Cuomo Urges New Yorkers In Storm To Stay Off Roads

As a massive winter storm migrates north, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is advising those in areas affected by the storm to stay off the roads.

"I have been on the roads all through the metropolitan area this morning. They are incredibly dangerous. I don't care how superb a driver, how big a four-wheel drive vehicle you have. The roads are barely passable."

The storm is predicted to bring more than two feet of snow in some areas. Heavy snow will be accompanied by strong winds.

States of Emergency have been declared for New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties. The storm is expected to miss much of upstate New York.

Cuomo said crews upstate have been brought down to help with storm recovery once the storm passes. Concerned about potential flooding, the governor said the state is more prepared to handle the storm than previous events including Superstorm Sandy.

"Also we have additional equipment. The airports are in a different position then they were. There's more pumps, more machinery to move water more quickly. We actually have more emergency response equipment than we've had in the past, so once the storm finishes we'll be in a better position to clean up after the storm," said Cuomo.

The storm that has been moving up the East Coast has affected millions, from Georgia through Southern New England.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called a State of Emergency. Significant flooding has affected some areas.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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