Hochul declares State of Emergency ahead of anticipated heavy rainfall, high winds

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 9:21 AM EDT
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(WBNG) -- Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency Monday night ahead of heavy rainfall and high winds expected to impact areas in the Capital Region, Long Island, New York City, Mid-Hudson and Southern Tier regions.

Hochul said the State of Emergency started Monday evening and will go through Wednesday morning. They said rain totals of four or more inches are expected. Several areas could see more than one inch of rain per hour, creating the potential for flash flooding.

The State of Emergency covers Bronx, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Westchester, and contiguous counties.

Hochul said she declared the State of Emergency to ensure the impacted areas have the proper resources to respond.

“I am proactively declaring a State of Emergency to ensure we can provide the necessary resources to respond to this storm and protect lives and property in regions where the forecast is calling for significant rainfall,” she said. “I am encouraging New Yorkers to prepare now for inclement weather expected over the coming days and urging commuters to take precaution ahead of heavy rainfall expected tomorrow morning.”

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch that is in effect for the regions listed above.

You can find the latest on the forecast by clicking here.