Meteorologists are warning that the remnants of Hurricane Sandy could bring roaring winds and drenching rain to our area by early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Metro-North Railroad is getting ready for the worst, though no decisions have been made yet about whether service will be suspended, Metro-North spokeswoman Margie Anders told The Journal News today.
Here is what she shared in an email:
“With nearly 800 miles of tracks to take care of, Metro-North Maintenance of Way workers have already begun preparing for Sandy, with its full moon sure to bring higher-than-normal tides. Since much of Metro-North’s territory runs along rivers and the Long Island Sound, there are plenty of known trouble spots.”
- Debris is being cleared from culverts and ditches, and pumps are being set up in low-lying train yards.
- Workers are fueling generators and testing them.
- Heavy equipment is being positioned next to tracks in case repairs have to be made.
- And, of course, Metro-North leaders are carefully watching weather reports to see where the storm is headed.
(This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Category 2 Hurricane Sandy over eastern Cuba moving northward with sustained winds of 110 mph. A frontal boundary extends across the Upper Mississippi Valley and across the Central Plains with showers and thunderstorms. A warm front extends across the Central Great Lakes becoming stationary across Mid-Atlantic with cloudiness and some scattered light rain showers. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)