Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers in the Capital and Mid-Hudson Valley regions to prepare for severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Current forecasts show the potential for damaging winds with gusts up to 65 mph, creating the possibility of downed trees and power lines. New Yorkers should take proper storm precautions and closely monitor local media outlets for weather updates as the storm passes through their communities.
"The spring storm season is officially upon us and as we have experienced far too many times, weather is becoming more severe and unpredictable with each passing day," Governor Cuomo said. "While New Yorkers should continue to stay prepared for power outages and wind damage, they should know that the state is closely monitoring this system and stands ready to immediately assist any communities in need."
Currently, the storm is moving from west to east with the greatest impact between noon and 7 p.m. in the Capital Region, mainly south of Interstate 90, and between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the lower Mid-Hudson Valley Region. Residents in the affected areas should stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest weather forecast. For a complete listing of weather watches and warnings, visit the National Weather Service website. To receive weather-based alerts and notifications in your area, subscribe to NY-Alert, New York State's free, subscription-based emergency notification system, here.
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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo