Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Hochul urges New York to take precautions amid possible winter storm

NEW YORK – New York Governor Cathy Hochul urged New Yorkers on Thursday to take precautionary measures due to an upcoming winter storm in the New York area, mainly in the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson and Central affect New York. , with a mix of snow and rain. parts of north country 12 to 18 inches or more of snow could be seen, with up to a foot of snow expected through Saturday in parts of the Mohawk Valley, central New York, the southern tier and the capital region, with peak snowfall rates of up to two inches per time . Possible on Thursday night and Friday.

Freezing or sleet is not expected with significant accumulation of snow during the event. However, travel conditions will be hazardous from Thursday night and the snow may become wet and heavy, causing local power outages. Democrats urged New Yorkers to monitor local forecasts and be prepared for extreme weather conditions.

“I encourage all New Yorkers to exercise caution and prepare for possible power outages and difficult travel on Thursday and Friday as snow and ice accumulate across the northeastern parts of the state,” Governor Hochul said. “Our emergency response agencies are well prepared for this storm and will be working around the clock for the next several days to keep New Yorkers safe.”

In addition to the snowfall in the forecast, up to two inches of rain is expected in the New York City and Long Island areas from Thursday afternoon to Saturday morning. These precipitation can begin Thursday afternoon as a chilly mix that can affect night time commute.

Follow the weather authority here to see the latest on the storm.

Rafael Pujols brings us the details from New Jersey.

safety advice

To drive:

  • Don’t drive unless you have to.
  • Be careful on bridges as ice can build up faster than on roads.
  • If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival blankets, a shovel, a flashlight and extra batteries, extra warm clothing, a set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy food, and brightly colored clothing. is equipped. Use as a distress flag.
  • If you have a cell phone or other communication device, such as a two-way radio, available for use, keep the battery charged and take it with you when you travel. If you are trapped, you will be able to call for help and inform rescuers about your location.
  • Transportation accidents are the leading cause of death and injury during winter storms. Before getting behind the wheel, make sure your vehicle is free of snow and ice; Good vision is the key to good driving. Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars.
  • It is important for motorists on all highways to be aware that snowplows travel at speeds up to 35 mph, which is in many cases less than the posted speed limit, to ensure that the spread salt does not cross the lanes of travel. Stay inside and don’t spread outside. Of the streets
  • Motorists and pedestrians should also be aware that snowplow operators have limited lines of sight, and the size and weight of the snowplow can make it very difficult to maneuver and stop quickly.

to remove snow

  • Intense exertion, such as shoveling snow, clearing debris, or pushing a car, increases the risk of heart attack. To avoid problems:
    • Stay warm, wear warm clothes and work slowly when working out.
    • Take frequent breaks to avoid overexertion.
    • If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, or jaw pain that radiates to your arm, stop what you’re doing and get help right away.

power cut

  • Call your utility company to schedule field repair hours.
  • Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent circuit overload when service is restored; Leave a light on to indicate when power is restored.
  • If the heat goes out during a winter storm, stay warm by closing off rooms you don’t need.

thermal protection

  • Use only safe sources of alternative heat, such as a fireplace, a small, well-ventilated coal or wood stove, or a space heater.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • When using alternative heat sources, such as a fireplace, wood stove, etc., always ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from hot surfaces.
  • Place fire extinguishers and smoke detectors and make sure they are working.
  • If you use a kerosene heater to supplement your regular heating oil or as an emergency heat source, follow these safety tips:
    • Follow manufacturers instructions.
    • Use only the correct fuel for your unit.
    • Refuel outside and only when the unit is cold.
    • Keep heaters at least three feet away from furniture and other flammable items.
    • When using heaters, use fire protection and adequate ventilation.
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