Hudson Valley prepares for rain, wind; possible power outages

Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon has the Hudson Valley region and beyond on High Alert for the possibility of severe rain and wind, leaving a high probability of widespread power outages throughout the area.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall and snow melt may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Higher than normal tidal flooding is expected along the Hudson River and its tributaries from around Poughkeepsie to Kingston in areas vulnerable to tidal flooding.

When a high wind warning is in effect, according to the National Weather Service; People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

When a flood watch is in effect; Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

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