High Wind Watch From Sunday Until Monday

February 23, 2019

From the National Weather Service:

HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM SUNDAY TO 7 PM EST MONDAY…
* WINDS…West 25 to 40 mph with gusts of 55 to 65 mph.

* TIMING…Sunday afternoon through late Monday afternoon. Peak
winds Sunday night through midday Monday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are
expected for at least an hour, or gusts of 58 mph or greater.
Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with
winds of this magnitude. Be prepared for the possibility of
trees blocking roads and widespread power outages. At home, you
should be prepared to be without power, possible for several
days. Make sure you have adequate supplies of food and medicine.

From Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“With dangerously strong winds expected this weekend, I urge all New Yorkers to prepare for any potential power outages and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “Utilities will be working around-the-clock to respond to any power disruptions, and the State is deploying significant resources and assets including National Guard personnel to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.”

Empty tractor trailers and tandems will be banned from the following interstate highways:

DOT Highways:

I-390 from Dansville to Rt 104
I-490 from I-90 exit 45 to I-90 exit 47
I-590 (full extent)
Rt 104 at the Bay Bridge
I-190 from Grand Island to Lewiston / Queenston
I-290 from I-190 to I-90
NY 5 from I-190 to NY 179 (with a full truck ban on the elevated section of the Skyway)
US 219 from I-90 to Peters Rd
NY 400 from NY 16 to I-90
I-990 from I-290 to NY 263
Thruway Highways:

I-90 between exit 31 (Utica) and exit 61 (Ripley to PA line)
Niagara Thruway (I-190)