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.