- Amtrak shuts down Tuesday service between New York and Boston
- New York mayor: The storm "is about to start in earnest"
- Massachusetts governor: "The best thing anybody can do is stay inside"
(CNN)Snow is falling at a faster rate. Wind gusts are getting stronger. And temperatures are frigid.
Spinning your wheels
Stocking up before the storm
Government officials warned residents to fill up vehicle gas tanks, stock up on food, make sure they have enough heating fuel and to take other steps to prepare for the possibility of being stranded, possibly without power, for days.
Here are more tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
• Make a family communications plan in case you are separated from your loved ones during the height of the storm.
• Make sure to keep ventilation to the outdoors clear when using kerosene heaters.
• Put off travel. But if you have to go out, keep a disaster supplies kit in your car. It should include a shovel, windshield scraper, small broom, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, food and water, matches, a change of clothes, a pocketknife, a first aid kit and blankets.
• Check antifreeze levels, battery condition, exhaust and other vehicle systems before venturing out.
• Stay inside as much as possible, stay dry when you do have to go outside, and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, including loss of feeling, uncontrollable shivering and disorientation.