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Date: August 31, 1996

Release #418-96

Contact:Jack Deacy (212) 788-2958 or Bradford E. Billet, OEM (212) 442-9260

Hurricane Watch Issued; City Sets Up Special Phone Number

As Hurricane Edouard continued to move north, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Jerome M. Hauer, Director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, again urged that New Yorkers begin take the necessary precautions to safeguard their families and property from the potential impact of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center issued a Hurricane Watch for the New York City area at 5 p.m. In response, the City has set up a special Hurricane Helpline -- (212) 374 -2303 -- to inform New Yorkers about the storm and what precautions they should be taking. The City also began distributing leaflets in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs which are most in danger of tidal flooding and high winds. The City's Emergency Command Center at Police Headquarters was activated at 11 am today and will continue to operate round the clock.

Mayor Giuliani said, "This storm continues to pose a threat to life and property and the National Hurricane Center has now issued a Hurricane Watch for the New York City Metropolitan Area. I urge all New Yorkers to start to prepare to take the precautions necessary and urge them to keep themselves updated on radio and television as to the storm's progress. We will be issuing daily updates at the Command Center."

Hurricane Eduoard is now approximately 550 miles southeast of New York City and moving north at about 12 mph with sustained high winds of 120 miles per hour.

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management urges New Yorkers to take the following precautions to prepare for the potential emergency:

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani cautioned people to use their common sense and not to risk their lives by trying to surf in the dangerous rip tides of the City beaches. The National Weather Service states tides will reach dangerous levels.

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