Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as we speak directed state businesses to deploy further flood and storm response belongings as heat temperatures and a big storm system have begun impacting the state and should result in localized city and river flooding. Particularly, the Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Providers has pre-deployed swift water rescue groups to strategic areas all through the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson and Capital Areas. Moreover, the Division has readied all 10 of the state’s regional stockpiles and are ready to deploy assets starting from pumps, sandbags and mills to cots, blankets and pillows. Different state businesses are additionally making ready boats and different watercraft for deployment within the occasion they’re wanted. New Yorkers are being reminded to intently comply with native climate reviews for the newest updates
“Rain and heat temperatures have already moved into a lot of the state, and with a lot snow nonetheless on the bottom, there’s a very actual likelihood some areas might even see flooding on Christmas morning,” Governor Cuomo mentioned. “All the pieces is being carried out to arrange for any potential impacts and the state stands able to help any of our native companions who might have help. Within the meantime, I urge everybody to rejoice good and use warning if touring over the subsequent 48 hours.”
At the moment, forecasters are calling for two to three inches of widespread rainfall throughout a lot of the state, with 3 to six inches of rain attainable throughout the japanese Catskills the place there may be important snowpack already on the bottom. The heaviest durations of rain are anticipated throughout the in a single day hours. Not solely does this storm increase the extent of concern by way of flooding, however forecasters are additionally predicting that parts of the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson and Capital Areas might see wind gusts of as much as 50 mph throughout the in a single day hours into Friday, with the potential for gusts of as much as 65 mph within the New York Metropolis and Lengthy Island Areas throughout the identical time-frame. This creates the potential for energy outages resulting from downed tree limbs and different particles.
As a lot of the state faces the potential for heavy rainfall, lake impact snow has begun shifting into the Western New York Area. Roughly 3 to five inches of snow are to be anticipated by Friday night. Temperatures behind the system are anticipated to drop quickly late Friday. New Yorkers touring for the vacations ought to use excessive warning as standing water might freeze of Friday evening, growing the probabilities of black ice and unsafe journey circumstances.
The Nationwide Climate Service has continued to concern quite a few Advisories, Watches, and Warnings for flooding, excessive winds and winter climate. For a whole itemizing of climate watches, warnings, advisories and newest forecasts, go to the Nationwide Climate Service website.
Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Providers
The New York State Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Providers’ Emergency Operations Middle stays activated as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and can intently monitor climate circumstances, coordinate state response operations and stay in touch with localities all through the length of the occasion. State stockpiles are ready to deploy belongings to localities to help any storm-related wants, together with pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, mills, cots, blankets and bottled water.
The State Workplace of Hearth Prevention and Management additionally stays in fixed coordination with companion businesses and native governments. The Workplace has pre-deployed its Swift Water Rescue groups to strategic areas all through the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson and Capital Areas to supply further rescue help if required.
Division of Transportation
The State Division of Transportation is ready to reply with 3,587 supervisors and operators out there statewide. The necessity for useful resource deployments (operators, tools, mechanics, EOI’s, visitors sign technicians) can be frequently reevaluated as circumstances warrant all through the occasion. Drainage inlets, culverts and different drainage buildings are being inspected and cleared of collected ice and snow. Flood and wind response instruments (mills, pumps, chainsaws, mild crops, hand instruments, chippers, and so forth.) are being readied and loaded into response vans for quick dispatch, whereas plow vans are being dressed for plowing and salting operations.
All out there flood/wind/snow and ice response tools is able to deploy. Statewide tools numbers are as follows:
- 1599 giant plow vans
- 175 medium obligation vans with plow
- 40 snow blowers
- 49 loaders with grapple
- 16 vacuum vans with sewer jet
- 31 tracked excavators
- 45 wheeled excavators
- 53 tractor trailers with lowboy trailer
- 15 tree crew bucket vans
- 33 visitors sign vans
- 6 water pumps (4-6 inch)
- 79 chippers 10″ (min) capability
All affected residency areas can be staffed for twenty-four/7 operation all through the length of precedence response operations. Mechanic help can be out there 24/7 to maintain response tools operational.
For actual time journey info, name 511, go to www.511NY.org, or logon to the brand new cell web site at m.511ny.org.
The Thruway Authority has 684 operators and supervisors prepared to reply with 254 giant snow plows, 105 medium snow plows, 11 tow plows and 62 loaders throughout the state with greater than 118,000 tons of street salt readily available. Variable Message Indicators, Freeway Advisory Radio and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter climate circumstances on the Thruway. The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to obtain its mobile app which is on the market free of charge on iPhone and Android units. The app offers motorists direct entry to real-time visitors and navigation help whereas on the go. Motorists may join TRANSalert e-mails which present the newest visitors circumstances alongside the Thruway here.
Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Park Police and Park personnel are on alert and intently monitoring climate circumstances and impacts. Response tools is being fueled, examined and ready for storm response use. Park Police are ready to supply help to swift water operations in Binghamton space. State Parks operations is supporting DOT with eight noticed crews positioned on standby and on-call drivers for state stockpiles in impacted areas. Park guests ought to examine parks.ny.gov or name their native park workplace for the newest updates relating to park hours, openings and closings.
Division of Environmental Conservation
DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Administration workers, and regional workers are on alert and monitoring the creating scenario and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure more likely to be impacted by extreme climate. All out there belongings, together with swift water rescue groups, are positioned to help with any emergency response.
Division of Public Service
New York’s utilities have roughly 5,500 works out there to interact in injury evaluation, response and restoration effort throughout New York State. Workers will monitor the utilities’ work all through the storm and can make sure the utilities shift the suitable staffing to the areas anticipated to expertise the best influence.
State Police are ready to deploy further Troopers as wanted to affected areas. All State Police specialised automobiles, together with boats, four-wheel drive automobiles and Utility Job Automobiles, are in service and prepared for response. As well as, swift water rescue groups are staged for quick deployment. All Troop emergency energy and communications tools has been examined.
New York Energy Authority and Canal Company
The New York Energy Authority and the Canal Company workers is performing preparations for the forecasted climate to make sure all services, belongings and tools are secured and prepared. The Energy Authority additionally is ready to help energy restoration actions if wanted.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) personnel are onerous at work to make sure protected, dependable service continues all through the storm and aftermath and ate monitoring the climate intently, making ready for heavy rain and winds throughout its service area. Drains are being inspected and cleared as crucial, and personnel and tools are being staged at strategic areas for quicker response. Tools being ready consists of water pumps, instruments for clearing vegetation and different particles, emergency vans and different upkeep automobiles. Flood-prone areas are being intently monitored, and building actions are being monitored and can be suspended as crucial. Buses will function on diminished frequency as wanted and MTA bridges can have a ban on tandem automobiles and empty tractor-trailers from 6 p.m. on December 24 to 10 a.m. on December 25 or as crucial. Clients ought to sign up for real-time service alerts by way of textual content or e mail. These alerts are additionally out there by way of the MTA’s apps: MYmta, Metro-North Prepare Time and Lengthy Island Rail Highway Prepare Time.
The Port Authority urges motorists to make use of warning; pace restrictions could also be in impact on the bridges, in addition to alongside roadways to and from the crossings. Vacationers by the Port Authority’s airports, bus terminals and bus stations are inspired to achieve out to carriers and airways immediately for the newest info on delays, cancelations or rebookings. For the newest details about Port Authority services, please examine social media, join PA alerts or obtain one of many PA cell apps. Residents and companies clearing sidewalks and driveways are inspired to take away snow from road drains to allow runoff in storm sewers.
Please drive with care and maintain these security ideas in thoughts:
- DO NOT try and drive over a flooded street. Flip round and go one other means.
- DO NOT underestimate the damaging energy of fast-moving water. Two toes of fast-moving flood water will float your automobile. Water shifting at two m.p.h. can sweep vehicles off a street or bridge.
- Go away early to keep away from being marooned on flooded roads.
- Comply with beneficial routes. DO NOT ignore emergency detours to view flooded areas.
- As you journey, monitor NOAA Climate Radio and native radio broadcasts.
- Look ahead to washed-out roads, earth-slides, damaged water or sewer mains, free or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
- Look ahead to areas the place rivers or streams could out of the blue rise and flood, akin to freeway dips, bridges, and low areas.
- In case you are in your automobile and water begins to rise quickly round you, abandon the car instantly.
A number of the most necessary ideas for protected driving embody:
- When winter storms strike, don’t drive except crucial.
- Use warning on bridges as ice can type faster than on roads.
- Moist leaves on roadways may cause slippery circumstances, making it necessary to drive at slower speeds when approaching patches of them.
- In case you should journey, make sure that your automobile is stocked with survival gear like blankets, a shovel, flashlight and further batteries, additional heat clothes, a set of tire chains, battery booster cables, fast power meals and brightly coloured material to make use of as a misery flag.
The main explanation for dying and accidents throughout winter storms is transportation accidents. Earlier than driving, guarantee your car is evident of ice and snow; good imaginative and prescient is essential to good driving. Plan your stops and maintain extra distance between vehicles, be additional alert, and bear in mind, snowdrifts can disguise smaller youngsters. All the time match your pace to the street and climate circumstances.
It is necessary for motorists on all roads to notice that snowplows journey at speeds as much as 35 m.p.h., which in lots of circumstances is decrease than the posted pace restrict, to make sure that salt being dispersed stays within the driving lanes and doesn’t scatter off the roadways. Oftentimes on interstate highways, snowplows will function facet by facet, as that is essentially the most environment friendly and protected technique to clear a number of lanes at one time.
Motorists and pedestrians also needs to needless to say snowplow drivers have restricted strains of sight, and the dimensions and weight of snowplows could make it very troublesome to maneuver and cease shortly. Snow blowing from behind the plow can severely cut back visibility or trigger whiteout circumstances. Motorists mustn’t try and go snowplows or comply with too intently. The most secure place for motorists to drive is properly behind the snowplows the place the roadway is evident and salted.