Governor Kathy Hochul issued the following statement on Saturday morning regarding the potential for some violent storms in New York. The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region is under an “enhanced risk” for severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening.
“I have directed all State agencies to be on high alert now that the National Weather Service has updated the risk level for severe weather in New York, particularly in the Southern Tier and parts of the Western Hudson Valley. This could lead to significant thunderstorms, flash flooding, high winds, power loss, and potentially even tornadoes. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is tracking these storms closely and utility crews are standing by to address any power outages. It’s critical that New Yorkers in these impacted regions stay vigilant: monitor your local forecast, make sure all electronics are properly charged, and prepare supplies in the unlikely event an evacuation is needed.”