Damaging winds and flood-level rains are expected to reach the North Country by mid-afternoon today.
After the "shock and awe" impact of tropical storm Irene last August, government agencies are taking no chances.
During a visit yesterday afternoon to Ausable Forks, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he had been briefed on local efforts.
"We went through their preparations and I think they've done a great job," Cuomo said.
"In the North Country, it's about transportation, it's about roads, it's about wires, it's about trees," he said.
"We're ready," the governor concluded. "We don't know what it is yet and it's the anticipation that's a little frustrating."
Local officials gathered in Ausable Forks said that they were particularly concerned about the potential for sustained and damaging high winds.
He said officials from St. Lawrence County to Essex County took part in an hour-long conference call on Sunday to talk about sharing resources.
"We're really worried about the outages, the power outages," agreed Bill Ferrebee, town supervisor in Keene. "They're talking five to ten days."
Another concern is the large amount of debris that remains in the Ausable River following tropical storm Irene.
The National Weather Service currently predicts that the front edge of the storm could hit the North Country as early as 2pm Monday. NCPR will continue to update this site with information as it becomes available, and you can check here for the latest Hurricane Sandy news compiled from Twitter by The Innovation Trail.