State prepares for rain, floods, wind starting Sunday


With the possibility of up to five inches of rain in sections of New York state possible on Sunday and into Monday, government leaders and agencies are urging people to take precautions.

The coastal storm is likely to bring flooding, gusts and power outages prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to direct the state Emergency Operations and Watch Centers to move to Enhanced Monitoring Mode. Agency officials have been preparing for possible flooding impacts by clearing culverts and debris, a Cuomo advisory Saturday afternoon says.

The advisory noted these developments from the National Weather Service:

Capital Region

Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of eastern New York from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, including the Capital Region. High Wind Watch is in effect from Monday morning through Monday afternoon for Western Greene County, the Greater Capital Region and the Helderbergs.

Mid-Hudson Valley

 Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of eastern New York from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, including the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Mohawk Valley

High Wind Watch in effect from Monday morning through Monday afternoon for the entire Mohawk Valley.

Central New York
Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of Central New York from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. High Wind Watch in effect from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon for Oswego Onondaga, Oneida, Madison, and Otsego Counties.

Finger Lakes
Flash Flood Watch in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Northern Cayuga counties. High Wind Watch in effect from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon for Monroe, Wayne and Northern Cayuga counties.

Southern Tier
Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of Southern Tier from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

North Country

Flash Flood Watch in effect for the North Country counties from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. High Wind Watch in effect from Monday morning through Monday afternoon for Jefferson and Lewis counties.

NYC and Long Island:
Flash Flood Watch in effect for New York City, and Long Island from Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night.

Cuomo’s advisory says the the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has prepared assets and stockpiles to support response efforts that may arise during the current weather watches in place across the state.

The state’s nine regional stockpiles are each prepared with a sandbagging machine, generators, pumps and hoses, and there are over 701,000 fillable sandbags statewide. The Division’s swift water rescue teams are prepared for deploying.

Department of Environmental Conservation police officers, forest rangers and regional water engineers are on alert and monitoring the developing situation.

 Department of Transportation crews are inspecting and clearing obstructions to drainage inlets and culverts; monitoring state-owned bridges for any indications of distress caused by increased velocity of flood waters; and staffing quick-clear crews to respond to infrastructure and flooding issues, including downed trees, and as other issues arise.

Before traveling, motorists are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511, or by visiting www.511ny.org.

In preparation for the current weekend forecast, Thruway Authority field staff have been cleaning and inspecting drainage structures.

To sign up for NY Alert:  https://users.nyalert.gov to get immediate alerts on flood warnings and severe storms.

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