Central New York is at an 'enhanced risk' for strong storms and the possibility of a tornado, especially in the Mohawk Valley.

The National Weather Service has upgraded the risk of severe weather for Central New York from 'Slight' to 'Enhanced' - they've also moved up the timing for the storms expected to hit the Mohawk Valley today.

Credit: NWS

According to the NWS, damaging winds, large hail, locally heavy rain, and the possibility of a tornado are likely in the area this afternoon, around 1pm.

Credit: NWS

"There is an enhanced risk severe thunderstorms Thursday. Strong to
severe thunderstorms are expected to develop, especially Thursday
afternoon into early evening with a cold frontal passage. Damaging
winds and large hail are anticipated with the strongest storms, and a
even few tornadoes will be possible in the region", warns the National Weather Service.

Potential of thunderstorm wind gusts around 70 MPH and 1-2” hail from the stronger thunderstorms. Tornadoes are also possible. Isolated flash flooding is possible mainly in central NY.


 

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Storm Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

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Power Outage Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.