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DOT 'Ready To Respond' To Severe Storms Headed To Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is at the center of the area expected to be slammed with severe storms Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
The Hudson Valley is at the center of the area expected to be slammed with severe storms Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

The New York State Department of Transportation is ready for the latest round of wild weather expected to hit the Hudson Valley on Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms and whipping winds are expected to strike the area during the evening commute, with gusts up to 65 mph expected, hail and potential tornado possibly in the works.

The greatest impact from the storm is expected between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Hudson Valley.

In advance of the storm, the NYSDOT called in reinforcements, with 75 excavators, four bulldozers, 20 graders, 17 vacuum trucks with sewer jets, 12 water pumps, 1,441 large dump trucks, 318 large loaders, 15 tree crew bucket trucks, 79 chippers, 57 traffic signal trucks, and 13 water tankers waiting for Mother Nature’s wrath.

Additionally, the department has set up Variable Message Signs on state roads warning motorists of the expected severe weather conditions. Motorists can also check 511NY by calling 511.

"The spring storm season is officially upon us and as we have experienced far too many times, weather is becoming more severe and unpredictable with each passing day," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated. "While New Yorkers should continue to stay prepared for power outages and wind damage, they should know that the state is closely monitoring this system and stands ready to immediately assist any communities in need.”

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