UPDATED FORECAST SAYS LESS WIND - BUT MORE RAIN - FOR CLAVERACK
The forecast track for Hurricane Henri has shifted East. This would mean less wind, but more rain for our area. So, the news is good and bad.
Current guidance suggests that we could see 3" to 6" of rain here in Claverack. This could lead to widespread flooding. If you live in a flood prone area, or if your basement is prone to flooding, please begin to plan and prepare now.
Again, the shift in the forecast track would mean less wind for us, but with the ground saturated, it won't take much to topple some trees leading to power outages.
SUMMARY: As it looks right now, rain starts early Sunday becoming heavier and steadier as the day goes on. Rain continues into Monday.
With the forecast track shifted to the East, winds now look to gust to around 20-25 mph here in Claverack.
The excessive rainfall remains the headline and primary threat.
Better to be safe than sorry... plan now for flooding and power outages. Make a plan to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbors, friends and family.
Governor Cuomo has issued a State of Emergency that includes Columbia County. All this means really is that the State can now move assets and resources to areas that are most at risk. No travel restrictions or stay-at-home orders have been issued.
Tropical System Henri is forecast to impact the region Sunday and Monday with heavy rain and gusty winds possible. As is typically the case, the exact tract is not yet certain, but Claverack is in the cone of probability.
As of the 6:00 p.m. briefing from the National Weather Service, they expect around 2" to 3" of rain here in the Claverack area., with more as you head east in Columbia County (see NWS graphic below).
Wind gusts 25 to 30 mph are possible (see NSW graphic below).
To summarize, we are monitoring the storm carefully and reviewing briefings from the National Weather Service in Albany.
Depending on the track of this storm, heavy rain and gusty winds are possible on Sunday and into the day on Monday.
We'll issue additional updates as warranted.
The National Weather Service has issued an "EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING" for Claverack (and all of Western Columbia County) for tomorrow.
Heat index values are expected to reach approximately 107 degrees.
The Warning is in effect from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday, August 12th.
These types of warnings are rare; our first of 2021. Please take the warning seriously and limit outdoor activity tomorrow.
The Weather Service recommends you drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Thanks and be safe,
Kippy & Team