By Orlando Lee Rodriguez
The City of New York has issued an advisory warning to all landlords and contractors, as the National Weather Service has forecast a coming storm that is expected to dump 6 to 10 inches of snow on the New York area.
The storm, predicted to reach the Tri-state area on Friday and Saturday, is expected to pack wind gusts up to 75 mph along with freezing rain in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
In a memo issued by the NYC Buildings department, the city has ordered contractors to suspend all crane operations once winds reach 30mph or above and to cease hoist operations once gusts reach 35mph.
Scaffolding, netting, fences and loose materials have been ordered to be secured.
The buildings department said that violations and work order stoppages will be issued for sites that are found to not be in compliance with storm preparation measures.
Con Edison has also issued a warning to customers regarding potential power outages and downed power lines. Giving a website address and a telephone number where the public can report on blackouts and downed lines.
The public can call 1- 800-75-CONED or go to www.coned.com/ReportOutage to make a report.
The city and Con Edison are making preparations as more than 8 million people lost power during Hurricane Sandy, including everyone below 39th Street in Manhattan. A crane at One57 became damaged and dangled high above the street during the storm and could not be secured until almost a week later.