- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says officials’ latest information on Hurricane Joaquin shows a lessening threat to New York City and the East Coast, though he cautions that it’s too early to be sure.

De Blasio said Thursday the nation’s largest city is a lot safer and much more prepared today” than it was three years ago when Superstorm Sandy caused major flooding, power outages and other damages.

De Blasio says a hurricane briefing Thursday evening showed “a positive trend” of the storm track moving away from the city.

But he notes that an unrelated storm system is expected to cause heavy rain and some flooding in the coming days regardless of what Joaquin does.

The mayor says it’s too early to know whether any evacuations will be ordered.

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