Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers across upstate New York to prepare for severe thunderstorms and high winds beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday. In addition to the ongoing heat advisory, the National Weather Service has forecast that the regions of western New York, Finger Lakes, southern and central New York are at higher risk of being affected by these storms. Forecasts in these regions call for heavy rain, damaging winds, hail, and the possibility of isolated tornadoes. Locally heavy downpours can also produce minor flooding in low-lying areas, as well as those with poor drainage.
In response, Governor Hochul has directed state agencies to prepare emergency response personnel and resources to ensure localities have the necessary support in the event of a major impact. New Yorkers are encouraged to closely follow their local forecasts, check on neighbors, and stay safe during the duration of storms.
“While a heat advisory remains in effect through the end of this afternoon with heat values up to 97 degrees, strong storms are forecast to move across the state later today and tonight, bringing much-needed relief to New Yorkers who have battled intense heat for the past few days,” Governor Hochul said. “I have directed state agencies to prepare emergency response resources in the event our county partners need assistance. In the meantime, I ask New Yorkers to keep an eye on these severe storms and prepare now in the event of a power outage.”
Storms will move west to east through the afternoon and evening before a cold front will ease the sweltering heat and humidity. On Monday, New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley will have a slight risk of severe weather. Showers will taper off from west to east on Monday, with milder, drier weather expected Tuesday and Wednesday.
For a complete list of the latest weather watches, warnings, advisories and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.
New York Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “The storms expected across much of upstate have the potential to cause real damage and New Yorkers should do everything they can to prepare and stay ahead of the curve.” The State Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring these storms.” storms and our teams are prepared to support our local partners however we can.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Emergency Operations Center is monitoring weather and travel conditions and will coordinate response needs with local governments. State reserves are prepared to deploy assets to locations to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets and bottled water.
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation is monitoring weather conditions and is prepared to respond with more than 3,200 supervisors and operators. Staff can be configured into whatever type of response teams are needed (flood response, chipper, load and carry, sewer jetting, cut and launch, traffic light, etc.). Team numbers statewide are as follows:
• 1,297 large dump trucks
• 304 large chargers
• 81 tracked and wheeled excavators
• 72 tokens
• 19 students
• 15 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
• 14 tree crew bucket trucks
Thruway Authority has 640 operators and supervisors ready to respond to any wind or flood related issue statewide with small to medium sized excavators, plow/dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, generators, pumps and equipment. transport trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detours or closures. Variable message signs and social media are used to alert motorists to weather conditions on the Thruway.
During this heat wave, Thruway personnel have been monitoring road conditions and conducting wellness checks on disabled vehicles.
Team numbers statewide are as follows:
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 on-the-go navigation assistance. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert email alerts that provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter, and visit thruway.ny.gov to view an interactive map showing traffic conditions for Thruway and other highways in the state of New York. .
Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC environmental conservation police officers, rangers, emergency management personnel and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure likely to be affected by severe weather. All available resources, including rapid water rescue teams, are positioned to assist with any emergency response.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The New York State Parks Police and park staff are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. Park visitors should check parks.ny.gov or call their local park office for the latest updates on park hours, openings, and closings.
New York Power Authority / Canal Corporation
The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation are monitoring conditions and preparing all assets for adverse weather. NYPA and Canals representatives will remain in close contact with state, county and local emergency personnel as needed. NYPA is prepared to send broadcast staff and other NYPA personnel to assist if needed. The Canal Corporation will update the public as necessary through its Notice to Mariner alerts. Members of the public can register to receive these notices on Canal Corporation’s website.
Department of Public Service
New York utilities have approximately 6,400 workers available, as needed, to participate in damage assessment, response, repair and restoration efforts throughout New York State for potential severe weather. Agency staff will monitor the work of the utilities throughout the event and ensure that the utilities shift the appropriate staff to the regions experiencing the greatest impact.
New York State Police
State Police are prepared to deploy additional Troopers, as needed, to affected areas. All specialized State Police vehicles, including four-wheel drive vehicles and task utility vehicles, are primed and ready for immediate response. All Troop emergency power and communication equipment has been tested.
Severe Weather Safety Tips
• Know the county you live in and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued by county.
• Know the safest route from your home or business to safe, high ground in case you need to leave in a hurry.
• Develop and practice a ‘family getaway’ plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
• Make an itemized list of all valuables, including furniture, clothing, and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
• Stock emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies, and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers.
• Plan what to do with your pets.
• Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries, and emergency cooking equipment available.
• Keep your vehicle fueled or charged. If the power goes out, gas stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Keep a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Manual and first aid kit
• Emergency food and water
• Non-electric can opener
• Essential drugs
• Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards
• Never try to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
• If water begins to rise rapidly around you in your car, get out of the vehicle immediately.
• Don’t underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving floodwater will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can wash cars off a road or bridge.
Flash of lightning
• Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between seeing lightning and hearing thunder is 30 seconds or less, the lightning is close enough to strike you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last lightning bolt, wait 30 minutes before leaving your shelter.
• Lightning strikes the tallest object. If you are above a tree line, quickly get under it and crouch if you are in an exposed area.
• If you can’t get to shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, staying twice as far from a tree as you are tall.
For more safety tips, visit the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Safety Tips webpage atwww.dhses.ny.gov/safety.
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