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Hurricane Could Hit Saturday, Officials Prepare

Hurricane Irene could bring flooding and power outages to our area Sunday.

Hurricane Irene—currently a Category 3 storm—may touch down in the Peekskill-Cortlandt area this weekend as early as Saturday night, according to the latest report from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The storm, currently pummeling the Bahamas, could potentially gain momentum in the next day or so, becoming a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with sustained winds between 131-155 mph.

“We are working with Parks and Recreation so if something does happen we will have a shelter available,” Det. Sgt. Ray Henderlong said.

Henderlong said that flooding is usually not a problem for Peekskill because it is on high ground, but that people should avoid the waterfront, where flooding is more likely to cause a problem.

Residents should sign up for Peekskill’s Nixle, emergency notification system, which you can do by clicking here.

If you have an emergency or incident call either 911 or Peekskill Police at 737-8000, Henderlong said.

More on Cortlandt's preparedness soon.

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