Officials in New York are urging all residents and visitors to brace for a complex storm system that is expected to hit the entire state today.

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The storm is forecasted to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and potential flooding, beginning around noon on Tuesday and lasting through noon on Wednesday. While the system may start as snow, it will quickly transition to rain, except in higher elevations.

There is also a high risk of power outages across various regions, including New York City, Long Island, Western New York, Central New York, and the North Country. Wind gusts of 50-60 mph are anticipated, with gusts of up to 70 mph possible along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Higher elevations in the North Country may also see up to a foot of snow.

Governor Hochul has directed state agencies to closely monitor the storm and collaborate with local partners as needed. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated, and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is coordinating the state's response. The Office of Emergency Management is in contact with local counterparts and is ready to assist in emergencies.

Resources, including emergency response assets and shelter supplies, are prepared for deployment from the state's stockpiles. Swift Water rescue teams from the Office of Fire Prevention and Control and partner agencies are strategically pre-deployed in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas.

The New York State Department of Transportation is monitoring weather conditions and has more than 3,720 supervisors and operators prepared to respond. All field staff are available to engage and respond to various emergencies, such as flood response, debris clearance, and traffic signal maintenance.

Drainage structures are being checked and cleared of any debris or clogs. Residencies in affected areas will remain staffed for 24/7 operations with operators, supervisors, and mechanics, prioritizing cleanup operations.

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New Yorkers are advised to prepare in advance for the potential impacts of the storm and carefully monitor local forecasts throughout its duration. The National Weather Service has already issued several watches and warnings for high winds and flooding throughout the state.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts through NY Alert at, a free service that provides critical emergency information via cell phones or computers. For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit, the official traffic and travel information source for New York State.

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