Sandy To Bring Wind, Rain to WNY

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo declares a State of Emergency, as Hurricane Sandy sweeps up the Atlantic, on a collision-course with the east coast.

The Category-One hurricane killed at least 30 people when it struck the Caribbean.

Now, New York is getting ready.

Bulldozers in New York City are building sand berms to defend beaches against the surging tide.

Governor Cuomo said there is no need to panic, but he wants the state to be prepared.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall as early as Monday night in Delaware, Maryland or New Jersey.

Weather Expert Louis Uccellini explains "When you factor in the unusual track that it's going to be taking -- that's coming in from the east across the Jersey coast, it's a once in a lifetime storm."

Forecast models show there is a chance it could churn towards Western New York, colliding with another system, making the storm colossal.

Politicians, community leaders and meteorologists are all glued to Sandy's path and airing on the side of caution.

In addition to declaring a State of Emergency, Cuomo has "Also asked for a pre-disaster declaration which gives us federal aid and assistance and allows us to put the national guard on the ready."

Western New York is expected to see five inches of rain from the storm.

Chris Baker, with the Cattauraugus County Emergency Services, says "It's making us a little bit nervous and we're watching."

Many low-lying areas have seen damage from major storms before. However, no one knows quite what to expect with this one.

County officials are getting constant updates from weather experts, are prepping emergency services and setting up shelters.

The dry summer in Western New York could serve as a double edged sword.

Rivers are low and have more wiggle from if there is a lot of rain. However, the ground is less able to absorb water.

Baker explains "When it's running right off the top and doesn't have time to get in the ground -- that's why it becomes a problem."

The Red Cross says for the most part, the biggest threat is power outages.

Nancy Blaschak, the Executive Director for the American Red Cross Buffalo Chapter, says everyone should "have batteries for your flashlights, be sure that you have some food available that doesn't necessarily need to be cooked."

Forecasters say snow could hit higher elevations. However, there is always a chance a surprise storm could come earlier.

Buffalo is already prepared. City representatives say they have plows and salt on hand just in case.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest coverage on Hurricane Sandy.