Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday urged New Yorkers to take precautions due to the arrival of severe weather in parts of the regions Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Capital, Mid-Hudson and North Country, with a higher risk of severe thunderstorms.
The main threat from these storms is strong winds gusting up to 60 mph that can cause power outages and other dangerous conditions as a result of downed trees and power lines. Additional impacts from the storm could include heavy rain and flash flooding, heavy hail, dangerous lightning and isolated tornadoes. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to exercise caution and stay alert throughout the day in areas expected to be affected by severe weather due to rapidly changing conditions.
“It is critical that New Yorkers exercise caution today and stay prepared as severe weather 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 downed tree limbs and power lines, and I urge anyone in the path of these storms to keep a close eye on the weather. and be prepared to act quickly if severe weather occurs.”
Severe Weather Safety Tips
- Learn the county you live in and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued by county.
- Learn the safest route from your home or business to safe, high ground in case you need 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 furniture, clothing, and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
- Stock up on 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 the power goes out, gas stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Keep a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
- Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Emergency food and water.
- Openings on the tram.
- Essential drugs.
- Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.
- Never try to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
- If the water begins to rise rapidly around your car, get out of the vehicle immediately.
- Don’t underestimate the power of fast moving water. Two feet of fast-moving floodwater will float your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can wash cars off a road or bridge.
Flash of lightning
- Follow the 30-30 rule: If the time between seeing lightning and hearing thunder is 30 seconds or less, the lightning is close enough to hit you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last lightning bolt, wait 30 minutes before leaving your shelter.
- Lightning strikes the highest object. If you are above a tree line, quickly get under it and crouch down if you are in an exposed area.
- If you can’t get to a shelter, stay away from the trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, staying twice as far from a tree as you are tall.
- If you are outdoors and a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter immediately. If there is no shelter nearby, lie down in a ditch or low place with your hands to protect your head.
- If you are at home or in a small building, go to the basement or to an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Stay under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress.
- If you are in a school, hospital, or shopping mall, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and windows. Don’t go out to your car.
- If you are in a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Don’t use elevators, take the stairs instead.