A quick round of storms lashed the Finger Lakes Friday night.
A Tornado Warning went out for parts of Ontario County, including Geneva and Canandaigua, at around 7 o’clock, though no tornado was spotted.
Meanwhile, flash floods were reported in Steuben County, with access to many county roads either closed off or limited.
Power was knocked out to several homes throughout the region, but the lion’s share of affected homes had the electric turned back on by late Friday night.
The storms also postponed a number of high school sports contests.
From the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services:
The Flash Flooding in Steuben County has receded. Assessment of Town and County Roads Continue. The hardest hit areas of the County appear to be Town of West Union, Town of Woodhull, Town of Tuscarora and the Town of Lindley.
Town of Lindley has declared a State of Emergency for severe damage to Town Highway system. All Town Roads are closed until they can be assessed and/or repaired. Emergency Vehicles Only on Town roads.
The following County Roads will remain closed or limited access overnight:
Highway crews will assessment most of the affected area tomorrow with many of the local Town roads are also impassable. Please stay out of these areas until repairs can be made to the highway system. Additional updates will occur on Saturday.
A strong squall line of severe storms is expected to blast the Finger Lakes region this evening. Here is staff meteorologist Kevin Williams with more.
Kevin invites you to tune into a special edition of his “Facebook Live” forecast this afternoon at 5 which can be viewed by clicking here.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been in contact with Emergency Managers in the affected regions and the State’s Watch Center is monitoring for any potential impacts around the clock.
The State’s 10 regional stockpiles are fully prepared and assets are ready to deploy including:
• Approximately 700 generators
• Over 200 light towers
• Over 1,250 pumps
• Over 1.8 million sandbags
• 18 sandbaggers
• Over 438,000 bottles and cans of water
• Over 28,500 ready to eat meals
• 9,650 cots
• 12,340 blankets and 13,613 pillows
• 6,771 feet of Aquadam
State Department of Transportation
The State Department of Transportation is ready to respond to any storm impacts with 80 excavators, four bulldozers, 20 graders, 17 vacuum trucks with sewer jets, 10 water pumps, 1373 large dump trucks, 313 large loaders, 14 tree crew bucket trucks, 78 chippers, 53 traffic signal trucks, and 13 water tankers.
In addition, the Department has Variable Message Signs that will alert motorists of high wind or any severe weather warning as issued by the National Weather Service for any geographic area of the state.
The Thruway Authority urges motorists to use caution while driving during severe weather. Additionally, the Thruway Authority will have Variable Message Signs activated throughout upstate New York to warn drivers of the weather conditions. Emergency road closure procedures are at the ready to assist other state and local agencies if road closures are necessary. We are prepared to have additional staff on hand to monitor the conditions, if necessary.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway by following this link: www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml. For real-time updates, motorists can follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter or by visiting www.thruway.ny.gov to see an interactive map showing traffic conditions for the Thruway and other New York State roadways.
Department of Environmental Conservation
The Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas likely to be impacted by the storm. All available assets, including boats, and utility vehicles, are ready to assist with any emergency response.
The New York State Police will be actively monitoring the potential severe weather and is prepared to add additional personnel and patrols affected areas as needed. All State Police assets, including 4x4s, utility vehicles and mobile command vehicles are staged and ready for deployment.
Prepare for Power Outages
Governor Cuomo urges residents to stay away from any lines that are down as they may be live, and should be considered extremely dangerous. Motorists are reminded that State Law mandates that if an intersection is “blacked out” and the traffic signal is not operational, the intersection is automatically a “four way” stop. In the event of closed or blocked roadways due to flooding, downed power lines or debris, motorists are advised to exercise caution and obey all traffic signs or barricades in place, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear. New Yorkers should also check on friends, family and neighbors, especially the elderly.
If You Lose Power
• Call your utility provider to notify them of the outage and listen to local broadcasts for official information. For a list of utilities, visit the New York State Department of Public Service. Check to see if your neighbors have power. Check on people with access or functional needs.
• Use only flashlights for emergency lighting – candles pose the risk of fire.
• Keep refrigerators and freezer doors closed – most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
After a Power Outage
• Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40°F (4°C) for two or more hours, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out.”
• If food in the freezer is colder than 40°F and has ice crystals on it, it can be re-frozen.
• If you are concerned about medications having spoiled, contact your doctor.
• Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.
The Governor is offering these additional safety tips:
• At home or at work, keep a battery-operated radio and flashlight on hand, as well as a supply of batteries. Keep an emergency supply of water, medications, and non-perishable foods handy. If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem – check with your physician or pharmacist.
• Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. Charge cell phones and any battery-powered devices.
• If you have space in your refrigerator or freezer, consider filling plastic containers with water, leaving an inch of space inside each one – this will help keep food cold if the power goes out.
Flood Safety Tips
• Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
• Develop and practice a ‘family escape’ plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
• Make an itemized list – as well as potentially photo and video documentation — of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
• Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers.
• Plan what to do with your pets.
• Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
• Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
• Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
• Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing.
• Check on your insurance coverage. Homeowners’ insurance policies generally do not cover flood damages. Only flood insurance can protect your home against flood damages. You can purchase flood insurance whether or not you live in a mapped flood zone.
Travel with Care
• Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
• Make sure you have enough fuel for your car.
• Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
• As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
• Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
• Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
• DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
• DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
• If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.