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Central New York prepares ahead of Hurricane Sandy

National Grid is closely tracking Hurricane Sandy, trying to anticipate where it will go, so crews are in place and ready to respond. The utility company has already rolled out its emergency response plan, but Central New York residents are urged to have their own plan in place as well.

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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- National Grid is closely tracking Hurricane Sandy, trying to anticipate where it will go, so crews are in place and ready to respond. The utility company has already rolled out its emergency response plan, but Central New York residents are urged to have their own plan in place as well.

Crews are on standby for whatever Sandy might bring.

“Because it’s very fluid, we try to anticipate the likelihood of where it’s going to hit and have the heaviest impact,” said Virginia Limmiatis, with National Grid.

As Central New Yorkers wait, anticipating whether the storm will pack a powerful punch, National Grid is already preparing for possible power outages. The company is already coordinating how they’ll respond if your lights go out and being alert may get your power back on faster.

“Never assume that someone else in your neighborhood has called about an outage. Pick up your phone and reach out to say ‘I too have a power outage.’ Most importantly, if you see a downed wire, never touch it, always assume that it’s live,” said Limmiatis.

Power outages aren’t the only concern. Flooding may also be a possibility if the storm hits us hard. You can help prevent flooding by cleaning out your storm drains.

Also, it’s not bad advice for Central New Yorkers to put away trash cans or recycling bins, bring in patio furniture and make sure you have a few flashlights handy – just in case.

Some around the area are also taking extra precautions when it comes to their trees.

Barlett Tree Service and their crews are hard at work this time of year, knocking down loose branches and securing older trees more susceptible to high winds.

If you have older trees near your home, but can’t afford to have them taken down or secured, Barlett Tree Service’s Tom Mullarney says just use some common sense. Park your car away from them if possible and of course, stay away from windows if and when the weather starts to get bad.

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