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NY sets up help lines, alerts for storm assistance

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has launched its Hurricane Sandy Helpline for residents dealing with the effects of the large and potentially dangerous storm.

Residents can call 1-888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for information about preparing for the hurricane and its impact. It began hitting New York Monday and is expected to cut a path through the state over the next couple of days.

Information will also be available for referrals to county offices and American Red Cross shelters and about road closures.

Updates via cellphone and computer are also available from NY-ALERT. Register on the NY-ALERT website at www.nyalert.gov. For people without access to the web, call 1-888-697-6972.

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