Governor Kathy Hochul today urges New Yorkers to take precautions to sweep across parts of the Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital, Mid-Hudson, and North Country regions today, with an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms. These storms could start as early in the western parts of the state and are expected to move across the central and eastern parts of the state through this evening. The main threat from these storms is high winds with gusts up to 60 mph which can cause power outages and other hazardous conditions. Additional impacts from the storm could include heavy rain and flood, large hail, dangerous lightning, and isolated tornadoes. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to remain cautious throughout the day
“It is critical that New Yorkers use caution today and it is likely to affect many parts of the State,” Governor Hochul said. “The storm system moving through New York has the potential to cause power outages and power lines, and I am urging anyone in the path of these storms to keep a close eye on the weather and be prepared to act quickly if severe weather strikes. ”
For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alerts.weather.gov.
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New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said“New Yorkers need to stay alert and be prepared to act, if necessary, in the be sure to check on your loved ones and neighbors, where possible, to ensure their safety. ”
Severe Weather Safety Tips
- Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
- Learn the safest route from your home or business to a high, safe ground.
- Develop and practice ‘family escape’ plan and identify where meeting family members become separated.
- Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
- Stockpile 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 electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
- Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- First aid kit and manual
- Emergency food and water
- Non-electric can opener
- Essential medicines
- Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards
- Never attempt to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
- If water begins to rise rapidly around you in your car, abandon the vehicle immediately.
- Don’t underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast moving water will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
- Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between when you see a lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, the lightning is close enough to hit you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last flash of lightning, wait 30 minutes before leaving your shelter.
- Lightning hits the tallest object. If you are above a tree line, quickly get below it and crouch down if you are in an exposed area.
- If you can’t get to a shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.
- If outdoors and a Tornado Warning is issued, seek shelter immediately. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat or low spot with your hands shielding your head.
- If at home or in a small building, to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress.
- If in a school, hospital, or shopping center, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and windows. Don’t go outside to your car.
- If you have a small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Don’t use elevators – use stairs instead.
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.