County under State of Emergency

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— The Town of Jay Community Center gymnasium and facilities located in Au Sable Forks will be open for a warming center. Residents, NYSEG employees and emergency personnel are all welcome to use the facility for warmth and rest. There are cots available for use.

Douglas said his staff is preparing for the worse and hoping for the best. He said the storm predicted that this storm will be a Category 4 out of 5, which could lead to significant power outage lasting up to five days. The ice will leave a significant amount of coating on tree limbs with little melt, which would result in power outages.

In the 1998 Ice Storm, we accumulated 4 inches of ice; this storm is predicting an accumulation of 1 3⁄4 to 2 inches by late Sunday morning/early afternoon.

“It is imperative that people stay off the roads during this emergency situation, the roads will continue to worsen and our focus needs to be on restoring potential widespread outages throughout the area,” Essex County Emergency Director Don Jaquish said.

Officials are going to be doing a conference call with New York State Commissioner, Jerry Hauer of Homeland Security later this evening to discuss State Resources if needed.

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