NY, MA Preparing For Heavy Rain And Strong Winds

Oct 28, 2017

Authorities in New York and Massachusetts are warning of heavy rain and strong winds in the region Sunday and Monday. Flash flood and high wind watches are up for all of Massachusetts and most of New York state, including the Capital Region, the North Country, the Mohawk Valley and the Hudson Valley. 

Some areas could see up to five inches of rain by Monday. New York’s state Emergency Operations and Watch Centers are in Enhanced Monitoring Mode, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. Agency officials have been clearing culverts and debris.

In Massachusetts, the National Weather Service is forecasting widespread damage to trees and numerous power outages.  Isolated structural damage is possible. 

Officials at Green Mountain Power say they've made extensive preparations for the high winds and power outages that could come from a powerful storm expected in Vermont.

Utility spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure says the storm expected late Sunday into Monday could bring up to 3 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, knocking down trees and branches. She says Green Mountain Power crews will be ready to restore power and that additional crews have been added.

Schnure reminds people to stay away from all downed power lines and quickly moving water.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.