NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Long Island has experienced 60 mph wind gusts.

Cuomo said at a briefing Thursday that weather conditions could become “more problematic” as the day progresses.

The governor has declared a state of emergency, which allows the state to cut red tape and make decisions that affect local governments uniformly.

Getting around is a major issue. Officials say residents should stay home.

The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rick Cotton, says two-thirds of all flights have been cancelled at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota says that the suburban Metro-North railroad has bypassed some stations because of downed trees.

In New York City, about 2,000 buses have been operating with chains.