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Dobbs Ferry Prepares for Hurricane Irene

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — First an earthquake shook the ground in Dobbs Ferry, now a hurricane threatens to bring heavy rain, wind, coastal flooding and possible damage to the area by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Irene was upgraded to a category three hurricane Wednesday, calling for a storm surge of nine to 12 feet and sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph. Damage in a category three storm may be extensive on small buildings with low roofs, large trees and branches, and it may also cause power and water outages.

Dobbs Ferry is doing its due diligence in warning its residents about the storm.

"We're telling people to stay off the streets during the storm on Saturday and Sunday," said Village Administrator Marcus Serrano. "We're actually telling people not to park on the waterfront Saturday after three o'clock due to the storm surge. "

Only five hurricanes have passed within 75 miles of New York City since 1851 — Hurricane Gloria was the most recent 26 years ago, according to Weather.com.

Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett sent out an email to residents with a warning and several tips of how to stay safe during the storm.

"The Village of Dobbs Ferry has been in contact with the County's Emergency Management Office in preparation for the storm," Connett said in the letter. "We are all preparing the best we can."

Connett advised residents to be prepared for the worst case scenario. He said to have a three to seven day supply of food and water, a seven day supply of any medications, copies of personal documents, extra cash and tools, among others.

Connett also made sure to inform people that any barricades in the streets are there for a specific reason.

"Police barricades and other road closure markers or devices are put in place to protect you in an emergency," he said in the email. "Do not put yourself or your neighbors at risk by removing barricades or entering closed roadways."

Serrano said it was merely the "regular stuff during any kind of storm" that the village was advising.

In case of emergencies the Westchester County Technical Rescue Team will be on standby throughout the weekend for potential emergency rescues. The team is made up of firefighters, EMS and industry personnel.

How are you preparing for the impending storm? Comment below or email town reporter Redmond Zmudzien at rzmudzien@TheDailyDobbsFerry.com. Share your experiences and your pictures of the storm with us on Facebook and Twitter .

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