As the so-called "Frankenstorm" makes its way northward along the U.S. East Coast, Southern Tier residents can expect high winds and possible power outages through Tuesday, a meteorologist said Sunday.

As the so-called "Frankenstorm" makes its way northward along the U.S. East Coast, Southern Tier residents can expect high winds and possible power outages through Tuesday, a meteorologist said Sunday.

Brian Lovejoy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, said the "main part" of the storm should start some time today, though he is not sure when.

"It will be starting (Monday) and lasting through Tuesday for the most part and by Wednesday, the storm will start to be pulling away. It's going to get colder, it's not going to be nice weather. It's going to be showery or snow showers and colder air," he said.

During this time, residents could also expect power outages.

"Be probably a little more prepared for power outages than usual. I think that power outages are a good bet and I'm not saying that everybody's power is going to go off, but I think that there are going to be power outages here and there, that's for sure," Lovejoy said. "The worst time frame is going to be Monday night through Tuesday."

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for the Steuben County from 2 p.m. today to 5 p.m. Tuesday and a flood watch for parts of the county from Monday morning through Tuesday evening. Heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy will begin today and continue into Wednesday, with rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches expected across the watch area.

Lovejoy said the weather service is more concerned with wind than possible floods in the Southern Tier.

"There could be some flash-flooding, of course, some moderate-type flooding. We're not expecting a major flood but we are expecting winds to possibly gust up to 60 mph and we think that trees down and power lines being affected is going to be the biggest part of this system," he said.

Dubbed "Frankenstorm" by the National Weather Service, the tempest is a cyclone that will grow out of Hurricane Sandy and two storms rushing eastward.

"It's a tropical system that's moving west and it's combining with a stalled frontal system that's been around for a few days now, so it's able to gather some colder air from behind the front and it's mixing with the tropical air that's it's bringing with it," Lovejoy said.

The storm will then vertically stack into an upper-air low, Lovejoy said.

"It will be combining with an upper-air low, which is going to give it more strength, too, and the cold air behind the stalled front and its own tropical characteristics," he said.

In response to the nearing storm, New York City on Sunday announced the closing of its mass transit and school systems.

"The transportation system is the lifeblood of the New York City region and suspending all service is not a step I take lightly," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "But keeping New Yorkers safe is the first priority and the best way to do that is to make sure they are out of harm's way before gale-force winds can start wreaking havoc on trains and buses."

The governor also announced on Sunday that 200 soldiers, mainly from the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion, will go on duty Monday at armories in Binghamton, Walton and Horseheads to respond to incidents in the Southern Tier.

To help the public brace for the storm, the American Red Cross' website, www.redcross.org, has compiled a list of safety tips. The website says government officials and weather experts advise residents to bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind, stay updated on the storm's progress and make plans for pets.

Disaster supplies should include one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and medications. For those who plan to use a generator, the Red Cross recommends not using it indoors, as generators give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.

NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG & E)  emergency planners offer the following safety tips for before a storm strikes, during a power interruption and after power is restored:

Before a storm strikes
— Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity.

— Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.

During a power interruption
— Contact neighbors to see if their power is off, as the loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

— Turn off major appliances, which may mean unplugging them, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to the equipment.

— Do not use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.

— Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.

— Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible, which will help most food last 24 hours.

After power is restored
— If a basement or home was flooded, residents should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting gas and electric companies to have services turned on.

— Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

— Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.