Strong Storms Possible Tuesday, National Grid Alerts Customers
As temperatures continue to rise in the Capital Region, so does the risk of severe weather. The National Weather Service has placed the area in the risk category for some potentially dangerous conditions on Tuesday.
The majority of the Capital Region and surrounding area falls under the 'slight' risk category, meaning there is a good chance we'll experience some damaging winds, hail, thunder/lightning, and the potential for a tornado can't be ruled out.
National Grid announced Monday they'll be activating their comprehensive emergency response plan, which means they will proactively dispatch extra crews and trucks to areas expected to be hit hardest by the storms. They will also be getting in touch with customers directly via phone calls, social media, texts and emails if need be.
National Grid says any outages can be reported via their website or by calling 800-867-5222. They ask any downed power lines be reported immediately to help speed up the repair process and ensure the safety of those in the area.
The National Weather Service currently has the Capital Region and surrounding areas under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Tuesday, indicating storms could begin early in the afternoon and go well into the evening hours.
There is a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms across most of eastern New York and western New England on Tuesday. Damaging wind gusts are the primary threat from these storms. Large hail and an isolated tornado are a secondary threat but cannot be ruled out. The main window for severe storms is between 1 and 8 pm.