Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for a storm system which will bring 40 to 50 mph winds with gusts over 60 mph, as well as two to three inches of rain to much of the state. The storm is expected to be strongest between 11 p.m. Thursday night through 2 p.m. Friday and could potentially cause damage to trees, powerlines, and property.

The National Weather Service has already issued multiple advisories, watches, and warnings for high winds and flooding throughout much of the state. New Yorkers should pay close attention to their local weather reports throughout the coming days, as well as take the steps necessary to ensure their families are protected in the event of a power outage. Motorists should also travel carefully, as crosswinds may make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

On Thursday, a strong low-pressure system will move east across the state, bringing two to three inches of rain and 40 mph to 50 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph, especially along both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where lakeshore flooding is possible. The National Weather Service has already issued High Wind Watches and Warnings for Allegany, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Clinton, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, as well as multiple wind advisories for portions of the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Capital Region. Additionally, various Lakeshore, Coastal and General Flood Watches are in effect for Albany, Chautauqua, Chenango, Erie, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Montgomery, Madison, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Queens, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

For a complete listing of weather watches, warnings, advisories, and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.

Department of Environmental Conservation police officers, forest rangers, emergency management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and checking sensitive areas and infrastructure. Saw crew teams are strategically located in key regions of the state and ready to assist with any tree clearing and response needs. In addition, all available assets, including utility vehicles, are ready to assist with any emergency response.