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Hochul urges New Yorkers to ‘just stay home’ ahead of winter storm

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  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul urged residents to stay indoors ahead of a winter storm set to hit the state later tonight.
  • The governor declared a state of emergency.
  • Hochul said her greatest fear is that people will try to travel in the dangerous conditions and become stranded in their cars.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) urged New Yorkers to stay indoors this weekend as the state prepares to get pummeled by rapid winds and snow brought by a powerful Nor’easter.  

Hochul declared a state of emergency set to take effect at 8:00 p.m. Friday ahead of a major winter storm aimed at New York and New Jersey. The winter storm is expected to drop more than a foot of snow in parts of Long Island and up to 10 inches in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.  

Wind gusts up to 55 mph will likely impact travel in parts of the state and could potentially cause power outages, the governor said during a news conference Thursday.  


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“Just stay home, stock up on food, stock up on gas, stock up on your subscription to Netflix,” said Hochul. “I don’t want to see Long Island or New York state on the national news where everybody is jammed up on a highway for hours.”  

The governor said the state was working to prevent a repeat of the “nightmare” scenario that occurred during a winter storm in Virginia earlier this month.  

Thousands of drivers became stranded in their vehicles on Virginia’s I-95 after a truck crashed stopping traffic in both directions. Motorists were forced to wait in their cars for up to 24 hours as snow falling at a rate of two-inches per hour made driving on highway close to impossible.  

“That’s the scenario we are trying to prevent here, that’s my nightmare,” Hochul added.  

A winter storm warning will go into effect for northeast New Jersey and southeast New York at 7:00 p.m. local time Friday night until 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the National Weather Service announced. The agency reminded New Yorkers to take a flashlight, food and water in vehicles if travel is necessary.  

“So, stay home and watch some football, watch some Netflix, make some apple pie, make some chicken chili…just stay home,” Hochul said.  


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