Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State’s Response to Damaging Winds, Power Outages Saturday –

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State’s Response to Damaging Winds, Power Outages Saturday –

Yesterday, Governor Hochul deployed State emergency response assets as high wind warnings were issued for counties across the Western New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions.  The Governor also announced the mobilization of State utility internal, contract and external contract, and mutual assistance resources in response to the effects of the weekend’s weather event. 

High Wind Warnings have expired and there are no other weather watches, warnings or advisories; however, winds up to 40 mph are expected in some locations today.  For a complete listing of weather advisories in your area, visit your area’s National Weather Service website. 

State Agency Preparations 

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center is activated and will closely monitor conditions, coordinate response operations, and remain in contact with localities throughout the duration of the event.  State stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets and bottled water. 

Department of Transportation 

The State Department of Transportation is actively engaged in the current weather event. All affected residency locations will be staffed for 24/7 operation throughout the duration of priority response operations.  The Department’s Incident Command System structure is activated and will remain fully staffed throughout the duration of this event. 

The Buffalo Skyway and I-81 in the North country have been reopened to traffic. 

Statewide equipment numbers are as follows:

  • 1576 large dump trucks 
  • 51 loader-grapple attachments 
  • 323 loaders 
  • 33 tracked excavators 
  • 46 wheeled excavators 
  • 40 tractor trailers w/ lowboy trailer 
  • 14 tree crew bucket trucks 
  • 30 traffic signal trucks 
  • 77 chippers 10″ (min) capacity 

Thruway Authority 

The Thruway Authority has 676 operators and supervisors prepared to respond to any weather events across the state with small to medium sized excavators, plow/dump trucks, large loaders, portable VMS boards, portable light towers, smaller generators, smaller pumps and equipment hauling trailers, as well as signage and other traffic control devices available for any detours or closures. Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of weather conditions on the Thruway.  

There are no vehicle bans in effect as of 4 a.m. 

The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert emails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.  


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