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New York: Storms expected to impact downstate areas with high winds, heavy rain

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed State agencies to prepare emergency response assets as storms are forecast to bring high winds and heavy rain to the downstate area this afternoon.

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Storms are expected to produce potentially damaging wind gusts, and localized flash flooding is possible due to the amount of moisture in the ground from recent rains over the past several days. Locally heavy downpours may produce minor flooding of low lying, poor drainage and urban areas. Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for flash flooding conditions and stay tuned to local weather forecasts.

An upper level disturbance will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms later today, especially for downstate areas including the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier.

The main threat from these storms is damaging wind gusts and possible large hail. Locally heavy rainfall should be brief, but isolated flash flooding cannot be ruled out due to moist soils. Most storms should exit the region by this evening, with dry conditions returning on Thursday.

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