Friday, February 22, 2019

NWS Wind Warning for Sunday is Result of Storm originating in U.S. Southwest

The high wind watch issued Thursday for Wyoming and other Western New York counties has been upgraded today to a warning. The warning will take effect 7 a.m. Sunday in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. It will last through 10 a.m. Monday.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected in Wyoming County with gusts up to 65 mph. In Genesee and Orleans County, winds of 35 to 45 mph are expected with gusts up to 75 mph. Strong wind gusts may bring down trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Minor property damage is also possible, especially to roofs and siding. 
A storm watch has also been issued for Lake Ontario from Sunday to Monday morning. A storm watch is issued when the risk of storm force winds of 48 to 63 knots has significantly increased, but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for boaters who may wish to consider altering their plans.

Both NYSEG and RGE are reporting they are prepared for any power failures and their crews will be ready to head into action for repair and restoration. Customers are urged to report power failures to their respective company. (NYSEG: 1-800-572-1131.)

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