Suffolk executive declares state of emergency

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has declared a state of emergency due to the winter storm. Bellone is urging drivers to stay off the roads.

VIDEO: Bellone declares state of emergency

VIDEO: Bellone declares state of emergency (1/23/16)

HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone has declared a state of emergency in the county due to the winter storm.

The executive is urging residents to stay off the roads due to dangerous whiteout conditions, high winds and a significant amount of snowfall already on the roads.

Bellone said they'd received about 60 storm-related calls, including seven for car accidents, by 8 a.m.

A blizzard warning is in effect for both Nassau and Suffolk counties through Sunday.

Coastal flooding is also a major concern as the storm comes during a full moon. Low-lying areas can expect flooding, especially during times of high tide.

The executive says the county is closely monitoring the flooding situation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also declared a state of emegency for parts of New York state, including Long Island.

 

 

 

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