Mayor de Blasio tells NYC residents to look out for each other during Isaias

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New York City residents to stay vigilant as Isaias is expected to impact the tri-state area Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2020, 1:34 PM

Updated 1,395 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New York City residents to stay vigilant as Isaias is expected to impact the tri-state area Tuesday.
The mayor says that Isaias is on track to have a limited effect on the five boroughs, according to the National Weather Service.
De Blasio says residents should still be ready for the storm and look out for their neighbors.

Emergency management is deploying interim flooding measures in areas most at risk, particularly Lower Manhattan and areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management Deanne Criswell says heavy rainfall and strong winds should be expected with the storm. She says some of the rain may begin around midnight Tuesday, but most of the impact will take place during the day.

Criswell says 2 to 4 inches of rain can be expected between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, with possible larger totals in some areas. Tropical storm winds will be around 35 to 45 mph for around two to three hours. Some gusts may reach 60 mph.

Strong winds will bring down trees and power lines. Residents are asked to secure items so everyone remains safe. Larger items like grills and furniture need to be anchored.

The commissioner says the city is acting out of an "overabundance of caution" and are continuing to monitor what the storm impacts might be.

Some of the measures the city is activating a flash flood emergency plan, bringing additional crews to respond to power outages and preparing city facility for storm impacts.

Officials are also reminding residents to know their evacuation zone at nyc.gov/knowyourzone. They also urge people to sign up for updates at Notify NYC and to make a plan for their family and pets.

Mayor de Blasio also touched upon the success of the Open Restaurants initiative. He says 9,000 restaurants have opened and an estimated 80,000 New York residents have gotten their jobs back because of the plan.

He says the Open Street initiative will be brought back next year.

"We have seen that this experiment worked," de Blasio says.

The mayor also acknowledged the continued fight against the pandemic. He says the Food for Heroes Program has expanded free meals to essential workers. An estimated 71,000 meals have been given out.

Numbers related to COVID-19 continued their positive trend. The mayor announced 67 new patients being hospitalized for the virus, 262 coronavirus patients in the ICU and 1% of New York City residents testing positive for coronavirus.
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