New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, as a preparation of Hurricane Irene.

By most of the computer models used by meteorologists like News Ten’s Steve Caporizzo and the National Weather Service, this is going to be a very dangerous hurricane, possibly something that many of us have never seen, even in the Albany area.

According to, a state of emergency enables New York to use state resources to assist local governments more effectively and quickly, allows the state to activate the national "Emergency Management Assistance Compact" to bring in resources from out of the state, and enables New York to access key federal resources earlier in anticipation of an emergency. Extra staff has also been brought in to the Office of Emergency Management at its underground bunker.

If the storm hits our area, we can expect very heavy rains, possible damaging winds and major flooding. Make sure you check our list of tips to prepare for the hurricane. We want you to be safe. It looks like it will hit our area sometime on Sunday.

In case of a power outage, remember to get batteries for your portable radios, so you can get important information. We will be here live and local at WGNA during the storm with any information for you.