Long Island gets ready as Jose passes by

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say National Guard members, emergency equipment, and supplies are ready on Long Island in case tropical storm conditions occur there.

PSEG Long Island has bolstered its ranks with out-of-state crews to help work on any power outages and downed trees.

Hurricane Jose was about 300 miles southeast of New York City Tuesday afternoon and is expected to swing well east of Long Island.

But state officials say they are still keeping an eye on potentially windy conditions in eastern Suffolk County.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says efforts have been made to improve communication following Superstorm Sandy.

Cuomo says it's better to "err on the side of caution" amid unpredictable weather patterns.

He says people should prepare their property and, if the storm gets bad, "just stay home."

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