With forecasters touting what The Weather Channel has named Winter Storm Juno as possibly the worst storm to hit the Northeast in recent years, there are some preparations residents should make before snow starts to fall Monday. Find out what to do if a monstrous storm -- that could present blizzard conditions -- kills power and halts traffic.
First, the Red Cross advises people should know the different terms. “Winter storm outlook” means a storm could occur in the next few days. “Winter weather advisory” means storm conditions are expected and could be hazardous. “Winter storm watch” means storm watch conditions will probably occur in the next two to three days and “winter storm warning” means life-threatening and severe conditions will take place in the next 24 hours.
Once it’s clear the storm is underway, it’s important to have the following items in case the weather knocks out electricity, heat and telephone service.
- High-energy foods like dried fruit, canned products and items that do not need to be refrigerated
- Manual can opener
- Bottled water
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Heating fuel
- Matches and candles
- Smoke detector and fire extinguisher
- First-aid supplies
- Portable radio
- Extra blankets
- Books, puzzles, games and magazines (to keep occupied)
New York is bracing for as much as 2 feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference: "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” and "my message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen." The mayor also asked residents to check on neighbors, especially elderly ones.
TWC meteorologist Chris Dolce said Juno could be “potentially historic” for the Northeast. "Expect extreme impacts from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey through New England, peaking Monday night through Tuesday. Avoid all travel, as it will be extremely dangerous with blizzard or near-blizzard conditions likely.”
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