Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for strong and severe storms that are expected to impact most of the state Thursday afternoon and continue overnight.
“We are closely monitoring today’s forecast as severe storms could affect much of the state through tonight, with reports of a brief tornado passing through Wyoming County.” Governor Hochul said. “I urge New Yorkers to pay attention to their local forecasts and sign up for emergency alerts so they can take steps to stay safe ahead of severe weather.”
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the state under a severe storm watch until 8:00 p.m. These storms are capable of bringing damaging winds strong enough to down trees and power lines, resulting in in power outages, hail up to an inch in diameter and possibly more than an inch, and heavy rains that can lead to isolated flash floods.
State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said: “New Yorkers should be prepared for severe weather that will affect most of the state through tonight. DHSES is currently monitoring weather conditions across the state and communicating with our partners in local government to ensure they are prepared for any impact.” related to the storm. Governor Hochul and I ask everyone to stay informed today, sign up for alerts and follow local forecasts as conditions may change throughout the day.”
For a complete list of weather forecasts and watches, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alertas.weather.gov. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by subscribing to NY Alert at https://alert.ny.gov, a free service that provides critical emergency information by text/call/email.
Severe Weather Safety Tips
Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
Flash of lightning
For more safety tips, visit the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Safety Tips web page at www.dhses.ny.gov/safety.
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