ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has declared a state of emergency in New York ahead of powerful Hurricane Irene, which is making its way up the East Coast and could hit New York this weekend.

The state's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) says it is deploying command vehicles to brace for worst-case scenarios. The Department of Health is setting up shelters to accommodate potential evacuees.

The state's Department of Parks and Recreation has canceled all camping reservations at all state parks in the Long Island, Palisades and Taconic regions for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The governor is urging residents to have emergency supplies on hand, such as water, flashlights and batteries. People who live in coastal areas should be prepared to evacuate.News 12 Storm TrackerWatch LIVE Traffic & WeatherEmergency Links