June 1, 2022
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for Severe Weather Expected to Impact Parts of Upstate through Wednesday Evening

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Governor Hochul Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for Severe Weather Expected to Impact Parts of Upstate through Wednesday Evening
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Parts of the Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson and North Country Regions at Risk for Severe Storms Wednesday

Primary Concerns are Damaging Wind Gusts, Large Hail, and Heavy Rain That Could Cause Power Outages, Downed Tree Limbs and Power Lines, and Flash Flooding

New Yorkers Urged to Use Caution and Stay Alert to Rapidly Changing Weather Conditions

Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for severe thunderstorms that are forecast to affect parts of the Southern Tier, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley and North Country regions beginning this afternoon and continuing through tonight. The threats of these storms are damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph, hail up to one inch in diameter, and heavy rain that may lead to isolated flash flooding. Impacts from severe storms could also include power outages and downed tree limbs and power lines. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to use caution and stay alert in areas expected to be impacted by severe weather for rapidly changing conditions this afternoon and evening.

"Severe thunderstorms are forecast to move across the state today, bringing with them the threat of damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding," Governor Hochul said. "Many State agencies are preparing emergency response assets in the event that local governments need our assistance, and we are in close contact with communities across the state to ensure they are prepared. I encourage all New Yorkers in the path of these storms to keep a close eye on their local weather forecasts and plan accordingly."

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, "We expect thunderstorms later today including potentially severe thunderstorms that could bring damaging wind and hail. Stay alert today as you go about your day, and make sure to listen to local weather forecasts before going out this evening."

For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at https://alerts.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 providing critical emergency information to your cell phone or computer.

Agency Preparations

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 coordinating any response needs with local governments. The State's stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities 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 3,380 supervisors and operators. All field staff are available to fully engage and respond.  Staff can be configured into any type of response crews that are needed (flood response, chipper, load & haul, sewer jet, cut & toss, traffic signal, etc.). Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:

  • 1,432 large dump trucks
  • 306 large loaders
  • 80 tracked and wheeled excavators
  • 75 chippers
  • 18 graders
  • 16 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
  • 13 tree crew bucket trucks

Thruway Authority

The Thruway Authority has 632 operators and supervisors prepared to respond to any wind or flood related issues across the state with small to medium sized excavators, plow/dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, smaller generators, smaller pumps and equipment hauling trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detours or closures. Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of weather conditions on the Thruway.

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:

  • 344 Large and Small Dump Trucks
  • 62 Loaders
  • 32 Trailers
  • 3 Vac Trucks
  • 16 Excavators
  • 10 Brush Chippers
  • 100 Chainsaws
  • 15 Aerial Trucks
  • 20 Skid Steers
  • 84 Portable Generators
  • 68 Portable Light Units

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to live traffic cameras, real-time traffic information and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter, and visit thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.

Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure likely to be impacted by severe weather. All available assets, including swift water rescue teams, are positioned to assist with any emergency response.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Park Police and park personnel 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 regarding park hours, openings, and closings.

Department of Public Service

New York's utilities have approximately 5,600 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response, repair, and restoration efforts across New York State, for this event. Agency staff will track utilities' work throughout the event and ensure utilities shift appropriate staffing to regions that experience the greatest impact.

New York State Police

State Police are prepared to deploy additional Troopers, as needed, to affected areas. All State Police specialized vehicles, including four-wheel drive vehicles and Utility Task Vehicles, are staged and ready for immediate response. All Troop emergency power and communications equipment has been tested.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Metropolitan Transportation Authority is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be poised to respond to any weather-related issues and remove any downed trees that may fall across tracks.

Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates, and to use caution while navigating the system. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA's apps: MYmta, Long Island Rail Road Train Time and Metro-North Train Time.

Port Authority

The Port Authority is monitoring weather conditions. Speed restrictions may be in effect at the bridges, as well as along roadways to and from the crossings. Passengers through the Port Authority's facilities are encouraged to reach out to carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancelations. For the latest information about Port Authority facilities, please check social media, sign up for PA alerts or download one of the PA mobile apps, including RidePATH which provides real-time updates and alerts for PATH service.

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.
  • 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

Flash Flooding

  • 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.
  • Do not underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.

Lightning

  • Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between when you see a flash of lightning and hear 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.

 

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.

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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