Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for continued wet weather and storms that will linger throughout the state through Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain are expected this afternoon across parts of the Southern Tier, the southern portions of the Mohawk Valley and the Capital Region, and the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York City regions. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible and will lead to areas of urban and poor drainage flooding. Isolated thunderstorms with very heavy downpours are possible Saturday, Sunday and Monday increased chances for thunderstorms Tuesday and Tuesday evening.
"As this summer storm system stalls over the northeast, New Yorkers should be mindful of the threat of flash flooding in already saturated areas throughout the state," Governor Cuomo said. "Take time to check the surroundings of your home, make sure emergency supplies are at the ready, and stay tuned to local forecasts throughout the weekend for weather updates."
Storms will move across the State today, and stall over southern and central New York. In southern areas of the state, including New York City and Long Island, numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms will move through, and there is the potential for locally torrential rain. These unsettled conditions will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms through the weekend. There is a potential that the heavier rainfall expected for southern New York will extend into Sunday. Monday and Tuesday will see a return of more widespread and persistent rainfall, with an increase in the shower and thunderstorm activity along and south of areas around I-90. This extended period of wet and stormy weather will lead to an increased chance for flooding and flash flooding, especially where there will be multiple thunderstorms moving over the same area, and in areas of urban and poor drainage. For a detailed list of weather watches and warnings visit the National Weather Service website.
Governor Cuomo offered the following safety tips to stay safe:
At the Governor's direction New York State has recently improved the NY-Alert emergency alerting system. NY-Alert warns citizens of critical information and emergencies and provides timely information to protect lives. Warnings and emergency information can be directed to a phone call, email, text message or fax. Visit alert.ny.gov for more information.
Flood Safety Tips
If traveling during heavy rain, please drive with care and keep these safety tips in mind:
- DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
- DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
- Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
- Follow recommended routes. DO NOT ignore emergency detours to view flooded areas.
- As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
- Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
- Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
- If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.
Prepare for flooding and severe weather
- 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
- Plan what to do with your pets.
- Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
- Keep your automobile fueled. 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.
- Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels.
- When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
- Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing
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
For more safety tips for all types of weather events, visit the DHSES website at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/index.cfm