Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to be prepared for severe thunderstorms.
Thursday's storms are predicted to bring heavy rain, high winds and possible tornadoes that may cause widespread power outages.
Cuomo says weather officials have predicted a moderate risk of severe weather for the state.
He says the State Emergency Operations Center will be activated at 1 p.m. Thursday and urged residents to pay close attention to local radio and television reports.
Officials say families and individuals should have an emergency kit and an emergency plan in place. The kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, a portable radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
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