The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for severe weather overnight in central New York, that could bring strong thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and small hail.

The worst of the storm is expected between 10pm Sunday, April 14th and 5am Monday, April 15th with isolated tornadoes possible in most of central New York.

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Damaging winds could cause power outages, structural damage and downed trees. Heavy rainfall may even lead to flash flooding.

The National Weather Service suggests closely monitoring the Black River flowing through Boonville, and West Canada creek from Hinckley to Poland for possible flooding. They also advise everyone to "have a plan and spread the word."

This event is especially concerning because it may catch people off guard in the following ways: 1) It's the first possible severe weather of the season; 2) It's near the end of a weekend; 3) much of it may occur after dark when the threat may be hard to recognize and/or limited ability to receive warnings (sleeping, etc.) and 4) potential increased significantly/wasn't well known 1-2 days ago.

Keep Up-To-Date

Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.

*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.

*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.

*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

* Download the BIG FROG 104 App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notification.

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