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Wind a major worry as upstate NY prepares for Sandy

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Winds will be the main concern for much of upstate New York as Hurricane Sandy blows through the region tonight. The winds will be twice as strong as a typical winter Nor'easter.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

With most of upstate forecasted to receive upwards of three inches of rain over the next few days, the main impact of Sandy could come from the wind. That could mean downed trees and power outages.

Dr. Steve Skubis is a meteorology professor at Oswego State College. He says the sustained winds from Sandy will be as strong as gusts from average severe winter storms: "Typically winds for a Nor'easter, here, they're like 30-40 miles per hour gusting up and it's blowing, drifting. So this is something that's greater strength."

The National Weather Service says gusts Monday night and into Tuesday could reach 60 miles per hour.

Those winds will not be coming from their normal westerly direction, but instead from the north, northeast, Skubis says.

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