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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for its potential storm impacts. 

Cuomo says although the storm track is still uncertain, Hurricane Sandy has the potential to affect many parts of the Empire State early next week with a variety of threats, including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges and widespread power outages.  He's directed state agencies to begin preparations now for the potential impact and urges all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path.

Locally, National Grid says it has already begun preparing for the possibility of power interruptions at the start of next week. Crew assignments are being developed and equipment readied in anticipation of severe weather.

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