Gov. Hochul tells New Yorkers to prepare for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening – | Hot Mobile Press

Gov. Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers across upstate New York to prepare for severe thunderstorms and high winds beginning late Sunday afternoon and into Monday. In addition to the ongoing heat alerts, the National Weather Service has forecast that the Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York regions are at increased risk of being affected by these storms. Forecasts in these regions include heavy rainfall, damaging winds, hail and the possibility of isolated tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall can also cause minor flooding in low-lying areas and in areas with poor drainage.

In response, Gov. Hochul has directed state agencies to prepare emergency response resources and personnel to ensure locations have the necessary support in the event of a hard impact. New Yorkers are encouraged to closely follow their local forecasts, check on neighbors and stay safe during the storm’s duration

“While a heat warning remains in effect through late afternoon with heat readings of up to 97 degrees, severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the state later today and tonight, giving New Yorkers who have been battling high heat the past few days the bring much-needed relief,” Gov. Hochul said. “I have directed state authorities to prepare emergency response should our county partners need assistance. In the meantime, I’m asking New Yorkers to monitor these powerful storms and prepare now in the event of a power outage.”

The storms will move west-east over the course of the afternoon and evening before a cold front brings relief from the sweltering heat and humidity. There is a low risk of severe weather Monday for New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Showers will decrease from west to east on Monday, with milder and drier weather expected through Tuesday and Wednesday.

For a complete list of weather clocks, warnings, advisories and the latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.

New York Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said: “The storms expected across much of the state have the potential to cause real damage, and New Yorkers should do what they can to prepare and stay safe. The State Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring these storms and our teams are ready to assist our partners in the field wherever we can.”


Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The Emergency Operations Center of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is monitoring weather and travel conditions and will coordinate response needs with local governments. State inventories are prepared to provide assets in locations to meet any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets and bottled water.

Ministry of Transport

The Department of Transportation is monitoring weather conditions and is ready to respond with more than 3,200 supervisors and operators. Personnel can be configured into any type of response teams needed (Flood Response, Chopper, Load & Haul, Sewer Jet, Cut & Toss, Traffic Light, etc.). The countrywide device numbers are as follows:

  • 1,297 large dump trucks
  • 304 large loaders
  • 81 crawler and wheeled excavators
  • 72 shredders
  • 19 graders
  • 15 suction trucks with sewer nozzles
  • 14 bucket wagons

highway authority

The Thruway Authority has 640 operators and supervisors prepared to respond to wind or flood related problems with small to medium sized excavators, plow/dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, generators, pumps and equipment statewide to respond to trailer towing, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for detours or closures. Variable message signs and social media are used to alert motorists to expressway weather conditions.

During this heat wave, Thruway employees have been monitoring road conditions and conducting health checks on disabled vehicles.

The countrywide device numbers are as follows:

  • 346 large and small dump trucks
  • 65 Great Loaders
  • 7 vacuum trucks
  • 16 crawler and wheeled excavators
  • 8 brush shredders
  • 99 chainsaws
  • 19 bucket wagons
  • 84 Portable Generators
  • 67 Portable Light Units

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download their mobile app, which is free to download on iPhone and Android devices. The app gives drivers direct access to live traffic cameras, real-time traffic information and navigation aids on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert emails that provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway, follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter, and visit for an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New State roads show York .

Department of Environmental Protection

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management Staff and Regional Staff are on alert and monitoring the situation as the situation evolves and are actively patrolling areas and infrastructure likely to be affected by severe weather. All available resources, including swift water rescue teams, are positioned to assist with emergency response.

Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation

New York State Park police and park staff are on high alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and effects. Park visitors should check or call their local park office for the latest information on park hours, openings, and closures.

New York City Energy Agency / Canal Corporation

The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation are monitoring conditions and preparing all facilities for adverse weather. NYPA and Canals representatives will remain in close contact with state, county and local emergency response personnel as needed. The NYPA stands ready to send NYPA broadcast and other personnel to assist as needed. Canal Corporation will keep the public informed as needed through its Notice to Mariners Alerts. Members of the public may sign up to receive these communications on Canal Corporation’s website.

Public Service Department

Approximately 6,400 employees are available to New York utilities when needed to deal with damage assessment, response, repair and recovery from potential severe weather events throughout New York State. Agency staff will be following the work of the utilities throughout the event and will ensure that the utilities are shifting appropriate staff to the regions that are having the greatest impact.

New York State Police

The state police stand ready to deploy additional soldiers to the affected areas if necessary. All state police specialty vehicles, including four-wheel drive vehicles and utility task vehicles, are deployed and ready for immediate use. All of the force’s emergency power and communications equipment was tested.

Storm safety tips


  • Know the county you live in and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued nationwide.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground when you’re in a hurry.
  • Develop and implement a “Family Escape Plan” and designate a meeting point if family members are separated.
  • Make a detailed list of all valuables, including furnishings, clothing, and other personal items. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies of canned goods, medicine and first aid supplies, as well as 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 gear ready.
  • Leave your vehicle refueled or charged. If power is lost, gas 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 ready, 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
  • Check book, cash, credit cards, ATM cards

flash floods

  • Never attempt to drive on a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
  • If the water around you begins to rise rapidly in your car, get out of the vehicle immediately.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of fast moving water. Flood water moving two feet fast floats your car, and water moving at two miles per hour can knock cars off a road or bridge.


  • Follow the 30-30 rule: if the time between seeing lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, lightning is close enough to strike you. Seek shelter immediately. After the last flash, wait 30 minutes before exiting your shelter.
  • Lightning hits the tallest object. If you’re above a tree line, quickly go under it and crouch if you’re in an exposed area.
  • If you can’t reach a shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch outdoors and stay 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 website at

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