Area residents were encouraged to take precautionary measures, as thunderstorms hit the region Thursday afternoon.
A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Albany, and a flood advisory was issued for Saratoga Springs.
A flash flood warning is issued when rapid downpours are predicted, and the potential for local rivers and streams to flood increases. A flood advisory entails significant accumulation of water in storm drains and other low-lying areas that allow for the accumulation of larger volumes of water.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the biggest threat was “torrential rainfall, which could cause isolated flash flooding,” according to a prepared statement.
“Urban street flooding, clogged storm drains, washed out culverts and washed out dirt road shoulders and roads are most susceptible to flash flooding,” stated the advisory.
Cuomo also advised New Yorkers to reduce power usage between 3 and 7 p.m. because of increased stress on the power infrastructure related to the heat and storms.
For a complete list of weather watches and warnings, visit the National Weather Service website.