GOVERNOR HOCHUL URGES NEW YORKERS TO PREPARE FOR HEAVY RAINFALL AND ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING ON FRIDAY
Widespread Two to Three Inches of Rain or More Expected for Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island Overnight Thursday Through Friday Evening
Locally Higher Rainfall Amounts of Five Inches or More Could Cause Isolated Flash Flooding; Flood Watch In Effect From 2 A.M. Friday Through Late Friday Evening for all of New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley
New Yorkers Urged to Stay Aware of Current Weather Forecast, Prepare Households and Vehicles for Heavy Rain Impacts, Use Extra Caution When Traveling Especially Near Flooded Roadways and Infrastructure
Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding beginning overnight Thursday and continuing through Friday night in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island regions. The current forecast predicts a widespread two to three inches of rain and locally heavy rainfall of five inches or more is possible, with rainfall rates reaching one inch per hour. These conditions may cause flash flooding in low-lying, flood-prone areas and areas that recently experienced heavy rainfall. In the event of flash flooding, commutes would be impacted on Friday. Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to pay close attention to the forecast and changing conditions, and her administration stands ready to respond to extreme weather impacts in affected areas.
“With a chance of heavy rain tonight and tomorrow across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley, we’re keeping a close eye on potential flash flooding,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m directing state agencies to prepare response assets and be ready to assist our partners at the local level if they need support. I encourage anyone expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours to stay vigilant, keep a close eye on the forecast, and heed any emergency orders from officials if necessary.”
The National Weather Services has issued a Flood Watch that is set to go into effect overnight Thursday into late Friday evening for parts of the New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley regions. For a complete listing of weather alerts and forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website at alerts.weather.gov. New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for NY Alert, the State’s free emergency alert system, at alert.ny.gov. County-by-county emergency information can be pushed by text or email.
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley will see significant rain tonight into Friday night. Parts of these regions may see five or more inches of rain which could lead to flash flooding. My staff is communicating with weather experts and our emergency management partners about the impacts from this storm. We are prepared to respond and assist our local partners to keep New Yorkers safe in the event of a flash flood emergency.”
State Agency Preparations
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ State Watch Center is monitoring weather and travel conditions, and coordinating any response needs with local governments. All of the Division’s offices are prepared to respond with personnel and resources, in the event of severe weather impacts.
New York State Department of Transportation
The State Department of Transportation is prepared to respond to the weather event with nearly 3,500 operators and supervisors available statewide. Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:
- 1,426 large dump trucks
- 315 large loaders
- 81 chippers
- 80 wheeled and tracked excavators
- 28 traffic tower platforms
- 15 vacuum trucks with sewer jets
- 15 tree crew bucket trucks
Thruway Authority staff continues to closely monitor the forecast and weather impacts on the Thruway system. The Thruway Authority has 661 staff members prepared to proactively inspect storm drains across the system, fine-tune equipment and monitor rock slopes in areas susceptible to heavy rain. Deployable equipment includes small to medium sized excavators, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, small generators, small pumps and equipment hauling trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detours or closures.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which provides 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 incidents along the Thruway, follow @NYSThruway on Twitter, and visit thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are monitoring the developing situation and weather forecasts and will actively patrol areas and infrastructure likely to be impacted by severe weather. All available assets, including swift water rescue teams, will be 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 visit parks.ny.gov, check the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app 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 5,500 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
The 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.
To reduce the likelihood of flooding and respond to any instances of flooding that do occur, MTA crews will inspect drains in flood-prone areas to ensure they are functional, and supervisors will monitor flood-prone locations for any reports of flooding to ensure quick response. Elevator and escalator specialists will be deployed to flood-prone locations to attend to any weather-related elevator and escalator troubles.
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 and TrainTime.
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 for New Yorkers
All New Yorkers should know how to stay aware of severe weather and receive timely alerts that let them know what they need to do to stay safe, including evacuation. The best way to receive timely weather alerts is by signing up for NY-Alert, a free service that provides weather and other emergency-related alerts.
Take the following steps to ensure you and your loved ones are protected:
- Develop a household disaster plan and know how to always contact family members. Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the “emergency family contact” and make certain all family members have the contact info.
- Designate an emergency meeting spot – a familiar location where family can meet if the residence cannot be accessed.
- Know hurricane and storm risks in your community.
- If you live near coastal areas, learn about your area’s storm surge history and your community’s warning signals and evacuation plans, including safe routes inland and the location of official shelters.
- Know where to relocate pets during a storm – most shelters will not allow pets.
- Keep the following supplies on-hand:
– Enough non-perishable food and water supplies for 10 days.
– Battery-operated radios and flashlights and an ample supply of batteries.
– A first aid with supply of medicines.
– Important documents: Insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. in a waterproof container.
– Cash, checkbook, credit cards and ATM cards.
– An emergency contact list of people and organizations who may need to be called: schools, doctors, providers, and insurance contacts.
- Take the following preventative measures:
– Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, necessary to properly secure your home.
– Repair loose and clear clogged rain gutters and down spouts.
– Secure or bring inside lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects such as garbage cans and garden tools that could become projectiles in high winds. Also keep trees and shrubbery trimmed of dead wood.
– Review insurance policies to determine extent of coverage before a storm strikes.
– Determine where to move boats in an emergency.
– Be aware of local weather conditions by listening to National Weather Service broadcasts on NOAA Weather Radio and reports from local television and radio stations.
– Know how to turn off the power, heat and water at home.
About the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and other emergencies. For more information, follow @NYSDHSES on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly known as Twitter) or visit dhses.ny.gov.