Saturday, July 1, 2017

New York Alert: Storm Threats Expected Between 12 – 10 P.M.

Residents Urged to Prepare for Severe
Thunderstorms, Strong Winds and Potential Flooding

Governor Andrew Cuomo today warned New Yorkers to take precautions as severe weather moves through the Central and Mohawk Valley regions and continues traveling east. A number of showers and thunderstorms are expected across the entire state and the National Weather Service has issued Severe Weather Watches and Warnings for several areas. There is the potential that some of the storms will reach severe limits and could be strong enough to produce damaging winds, hail, and heavy rainfall.

"With the July 4th holiday weekend in full swing, New Yorkers should stay tuned to local forecasts as severe weather is expected throughout the weekend," Governor Cuomo said. "As storms often give little or no warning, it is important to have a plan in place to protect yourselves, your children and your belongings and get indoors quickly. I encourage travelers to plan ahead and only travel as necessary to help ensure the safety of all motorists during this busy holiday weekend."

The primary threat window will be from noon to 10 p.m. today, July 1 as weather travels west to east.  An isolated tornado, as seen yesterday, is also possible with the main potential in the North Country. The North Country also remains under a flash flood watch until at least 5 a.m. tomorrow morning due to additional thunderstorms which are expected today into early this evening. These storms will produce locally heavy rainfall.

Since much of the North Country area has already experienced significant rainfall over the past 36 hours, any additional heavy rain will quickly lead to rapid rises of the small creeks and rivers in the area. Winds will be gusty today, at or above 20 mph at times, outside of thunderstorms across the state.

Winds in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions, especially along the lakefront, are expected to exceed 30 mph outside of thunderstorms.

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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