Central New York feeling effects of Hurricane Sandy

Sandbags at Onondaga County DOT

As Hurricane Sandy approaches, Central New York is feeling the effects of the storm.

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The CNYCentral Weather Team expects heavier rain to begin in the Syracuse area on Monday afternoon, though there are high wind warnings posted for much of Central New York.

States of emergencies issued: (story)

-- Cayuga County declared a state of emergency issued beginning at 6pm Monday night and includes a no unnecessary travel advisory. There are concerns about flooding in the Fair Haven area along Lake Ontario, high winds, and power outages.

-- Chenango County declared a state of emergency beginning at 9pm Monday night and will be revaluated at 6am Tuesday morning. There are concerns about high winds, downed trees, and power outages.

-- Wayne County declared a state of emergency beginning at 2pm Monday afternoon.

Here is what is happening on the emergency preparedness front, on Monday:

-- Many schools in Central New York are closing early (school closing list). Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, and SUNY Oswego have canceled classes for Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday. SUNY ESF canceled classes for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Onondaga Community College and Upstate Medical University canceled classes for Monday evening.

-- Centro Bus says it plans to operate regular service during the storm and encourages customers to monitor its website for updates.

-- Onondaga County Emergency Management is filling sandbags at the Department of Transportation depot in Jamesville. They will be distributed as needed over the next couple days. More info is available on the county's website. (Story)

-- City of Syracuse meetings and activities have been canceled throughout the city but trash pickup will operate on schedule.

-- City of Ithaca is recommending no unnecessary travel as tress and power lines are expected to be downed.

-- City of Rome is preparing for heavy rain and winds by clearing drainage structures and water ways and preparing staff and vehicles to handle downed trees and flooded roadways. The Public Works Department will be staffing phones around the clock at 339-7778 or 339-7774. The city is encouraging residents to store water and limit unnecessary travel.

-- The Cortland County Emergency Management Office says they donâ??t anticipate flooding but are concerned about power outages. (Story)

-- Rural/Metro Medical Services has increased staffing for Monday and Tuesday and is prepared with emergency generators in the case of a power outage

-- The storm is causing major delays at airports including Hancock Airport. Jet blue flights from Syracuse to JKF airport are cancelled Monday and Tuesday. United Airlines and US Airways have cancelled all flights to and from Newark, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. About half of the flights out of Syracuse have been canceled.

-- 100 members the 174th Attack Wing are awaiting orders to deploy to New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Story)

Safety Reminders: Donâ??t approach downed wires and report them to the appropriate agencies; call 911 for emergencies; check on your neighbors; do not operate gas powered equipment inside; donâ??t use open flames for lighting and/or heating your home; do not attempt to drive thru flooded roads or underpasses; intersections with signals out should be treated as a four-way stop.

Updates from CNYCentral:

Follow @MattSnowManCNY for meteorologist Matt Stevens' live coverage of Hurricane Sandy in NYC. Follow CNYCentral meteorologists @WayneStormWatch @PeteWeatherBeat and @MikeBrookins as well as @CNYCentral for updates on Sandy in Central New York. We'll also have updates on our CNYCentral Faceook Page.

Essential Storm Information and Contacts

Syracuse Hancock Airport: (315) 454-4330

Red Cross of CNY: 315-234-2200 and on Twitter @redcrosscny. To find a shelter: 1-800-733-2767.

National Grid: (315)453-0664 and on Twitter @nationalgridus. To report an outage: 1-800-867-5222. View outage map.

Agway: 1-888-98AGWAY

OCWA - Central New York Water Authority: (315)475-7601

Syracuse - Department of Public Works: (315) 448-CITY and on Twitter @Syracuse1848

Centro Bus: Syracuse - 442-3400, Auburn - 253-5765, Oswego - 342-4400, Rome - 336-5310, Utica 797-7803.

Onondaga Emergancy Management

Tompkins County: 315-257-3888

Utica - Department of Public Works: 315-738-1341

Oswego - Department of Public Works: 315-342-4212

Rome - Department of Public Works: 339-7778 or 339-7774

Madison County: 315-366-2258

Governor Andrew Cuomoâ??s Office: (518) 474-8390 and on Twitter @nygovcuomo

FEMA: On Twitter @femaregion2