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As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the eastern seaboard, cities along the coast are taking precautions.
In New York City, schools have closed, the subway system has shut down and the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ will be closed today.
The Buffalo and Rochester Airports are open but most all flights to east coast cities: New York, Boston, Philadelphia have been canceled.
Best advice:  check with your airlines.
 
What will Sandy mean to us in Western New York and Genesee County?
Wind and alot of it.
Winds are forecast late this afternoon at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts to 60.
Meteorologist Kirk Apffel is at the National Weather Center in Buffalo this morning. He talks about the impact of winds that strong: 
"We know that winds that strong will probably bring alot of trees down.  Another factor that may makes things even worse is that the winds will be out of the north. Normally, when we get strong winds they are out of the southwest so many of the trees are setup to resist that southwesterly flow but with a northly flow, the winds make take down more trees than we would normally see."
There are no weather watches or warnings in effect for Genesee County right now. 
A High Wind Warning will take effect at 5 this afternoon…a Flood Watch takes effect at 2 this afternoon.
 
 
On this morning's  Police Blotter:
17-year-old Abigail Stroman of State Street, Batavia: she is facing a variety of charges for allegedly threatening to, according to police, "slice up" another person while holding a knife.
A window was broken during the same fracas on North Lyon Street last week.
Details were just released today.
 
22-year-old Jamie Alford of North Spruce St: Jamie was locked up on $500 bail for a disturbance in the bar at the Days Inn Hotel early yesterday morning.
 
48 year old James Alvut of the Putnam Road in Batavia: charged with two felony counts for allegedly driving drunk with a child in his car. Alvut was stopped while driving on the Putnam Road early Saturday.  
Alvut sits in Genesee County jail, bail set at 10-thousand dollars.
 
President Obama is leading Republican Mitt Romney by a wide margin in New York State.  
The latest Siena College poll shows Obama leading Romney 59 to 35 percent.  
In the Senate race,  Democrat Kristen Gillenbrand enjoys a 67-24 lead over Republican challenger Wendy Long.  
Gillenbrand is seeking her first six-year-term in the senate.
 

 

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