Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for Severe Weather Expected to Impact Parts of State Through Monday Evening – ny.gov

May 17, 2022 by No Comments

Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to take precautions as a severe weather system is forecast 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 begin as early as late morning in western parts of the state and are expected to move across the central and eastern parts of the state through this evening. The primary threat from these storms is high winds with gusts up to 60 mph which can cause power outages and other hazardous conditions as a result of downed trees and power lines. Additional impacts from the storm could include heavy rain and flash flooding, large hail, dangerous lightning, and isolated tornadoes. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to use caution and stay alert throughout the day in areas expected to be impacted by severe weather for rapidly changing conditions.

“It is critical that New Yorkers use caution today and stay prepared as severe weather is likely to impact many parts of the State,” Governor Hochul said. “The storm system moving through New York has the potential to cause power outages and downed tree limbs 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.

New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by subscribing to NY Alert at alert.ny.gov, a free service providing critical emergency information to your cell phone or computer.

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “We are actively monitoring any and all severe weather impacts that these storms may bring our way and coordinating any necessary response with our State agency partners and local officials. New Yorkers need to stay alert and be prepared to act, if necessary, in the event of severe weather. Be sure to check on your loved ones and neighbors, when possible, to ensure their safety.”

Severe Weather Safety Tips

Preparedness

  • 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 high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a ‘family escape’ plan and identify a meeting place if 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.
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    Source: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-urges-new-yorkers-prepare-severe-weather-expected-impact-parts-state-through

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