ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says public transportationin New York City will shut down at about noon on Saturday inadvance of Hurricane Irene.

According to the governor's office, the Metropolitan TransitAuthority will institute a system-wide shutdown when trains andbuses begin their final runs starting at approximately noon.

The shutdown will include the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-NorthRailroad and Access-A-Ride.

A hurricane watch is in effect for New York City and Long Islandfor Sunday, with storm conditions possible Saturday night.

Cuomo's office says major bridges in the city and lower HudsonValley and the state Thruway will close if sustained wind speedstop 60 miles per hour.