Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered state agencies to prepare for emergency response, as storms are expected to bring heavy rains and violent wind gusts to the state’s north this afternoon, threatening localized flooding and isolated power outages. Up to 4 inches of rain is possible in some areas, with rainfall rates sometimes reaching 2 inches per hour and wind gusts of up to 60 mph. Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for flash flood conditions and stay tuned to local forecasts for updated conditions.
“Another round of storms is expected to hit the northern part of the state this afternoon with heavy rains and high winds resulting in possible flash flooding and isolated power outages, not to mention difficult travel,” he said. he adds. Governor Cuomo said. “I have asked state agencies to stand by to assist local partners if necessary, and I encourage New Yorkers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and to ensure that their loved ones and neighbors are prepared and safe. “
For the lower state area, including the Lower Hudson Valley, New York and Long Island, showers are expected to start this morning, turning to thunderstorms this afternoon. Some storms can produce gusts of wind and heavy precipitation, and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. It will be wet with peaks in the mid-80s and winds typically 5-10mph, with gusts of up to 60mph in some spots in some spots. More showers and thunderstorms are expected to affect the lower state area throughout the week, bringing more rain and the potential for flooding and power outages.
Flash flood watch also remains in effect for parts of central New York City, including southern Oneida County, until noon today. Showers this morning may locally contain heavy rains. Parts of the area that have already received significant rainfall in recent days are at risk, especially in poor drainage areas and places with very wet soils from recent rains. Rivers are expected to peak between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. tomorrow
Several advisories, watches and flash flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service until Tuesday morning. New Yorkers can check weather alerts in their area by visiting the National Weather Service website here.
Department of Transportation
The State Department of Transportation stands ready to respond with the following strengths:
- 1395 large dump trucks
- 74 wheel and track excavators
- 306 large chargers
- 17 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
- 20 graders
- 15 tree crew bucket trucks
- 77 shredders
The Thruway Authority has 659 operators and supervisors ready to respond to any wind or flood related issue statewide with small to medium excavators, dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS panels, portable light towers, smaller generators, smaller pumps and equipment transport trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detour or shutdown. Variable message signs, road warning radio and social media are used to alert motorists to weather conditions on the Thruway.
Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:
- 244 large dump trucks
- 117 small dump trucks
- 67 Chargers
- 28 trailers
- 7 Vac Trucks
- 7 crawler excavators
- 9 wheel excavators
- 10 brush mulchers
- 100 chainsaws
- 24 aerial trucks
- 22 skid steer loaders
- 88 portable generators
- 68 Portable lighting unit
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free download on iPhone and Android devices. The app gives motorists direct access to live traffic cameras, real-time traffic information and navigation assistance while on the move. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert emails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter, and visit thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roads.
New York State Police
New York State Police have asked all soldiers to remain vigilant and closely monitor conditions for any issues. Additional staff will be deployed to affected areas as needed. All four-wheel drive and specialty vehicles, including all-terrain utility vehicles, are in service.
Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC environmental conservation police officers, forest rangers, emergency management staff and regional staff are on alert and monitoring developments and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure at risk of damage. be affected by severe weather phenomena. All available resources, including whitewater rescue teams, are positioned to help with any emergency response.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Park Police and park staff are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Park visitors should check the parks website here or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings and closings.
Civil Service Department
New York City Utilities have approximately 5,500 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response, and restoration efforts across the state. Civil Service Ministry staff will follow the work of the public services throughout the storm and ensure that the public services move the appropriate personnel to the regions that are expected to be most affected.
Metropolitan Transport Authority
The MTA takes all necessary precautions to protect its transport network and continue to provide a safe service. MTA agencies work closely and coordinate with local partners to develop precautionary plans in the event of an impact on the service. The MTA deploys additional staff and pre-positions essential relief equipment in subways, commuter railways, and agency bridges and tunnels. In the metro, maintenance personnel will inspect track drains in flood-prone areas, and check and install track pumps and storm cribs before storms.
The MTA encourages customers to take extra precautions when traveling during heavy rain and strong winds. This includes allowing extra travel time, being extra careful when walking on platforms and stairs, watching out for slippery conditions, and watching out for foliage or overhead wires.
The Port Authority is monitoring weather conditions. Speed restrictions may be in effect on bridges, as well as along roads to and from level crossings. Passengers passing through port authority facilities are encouraged to contact carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancellations. For the latest information on Port Authority facilities, please check out social media, sign up for PA Alerts, or download one of the PA mobile apps.
New York Power Authority / Canal Corporation
The New York Power Authority and the Canal Corporation are ready and are currently monitoring the forecast and conditions. The Electricity Authority is ready to support electricity restoration activities if necessary.
Safety advice in case of a thunderstorm
Before the storm
- Check the weather forecast before going for long periods outdoors.
- If a thunderstorm is approaching, keep a NOAA weather radio or AM / FM radio with you.
- Watch for signs of approaching storms.
- Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent.
- Check neighbors who need special assistance: infants, the elderly and people with disabilities
During the storm
- If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the thunderstorm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe place immediately.
- Move around in a sturdy building or car. Do not take refuge in small shelters, under isolated trees or in convertible cars.
- If lightning strikes and no solid shelter is available, get inside a hardtop automobile and keep the windows open.
- Get out of the boats and away from the water.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug any devices not needed to obtain weather information. Avoid using the telephone or any other electrical device. Use phones only in an emergency.
- Go to higher ground if a flash flood or flood is possible. DO NOT try to drive in a safe place. Most deaths from flash floods occur in automobiles.