High Wind Warning and Winter Weather Advisory in Effect
Written by Dan Fischer on February 24, 2019
From the National Weather Service:
DANGEROUS WINDS AND FLASH FREEZE LATE THIS EVENING
Very strong and damaging winds will continue this evening from
the Lake Erie shore northeastward across the Niagara Frontier
and Genesee Valley. Peak wind gusts will reach 75 mph at
Winds of this magnitude will result in extensive damage to trees
and power lines, widespread power outages, and property damage to
roofs and siding. Buildings which are under construction and older
deteriorating buildings may experience significant damage or even
This is a particularly dangerous situation! If you must travel be
prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines. Always
assume power lines are live. Falling trees and power lines will
create a very dangerous environment to be outside in, including in
vehicles. Seek shelter in a substantial building until the
strongest of the winds begin to subside.
In addition to the very strong winds, temperatures will also fall
below freezing as we progress through the late afternoon and
early evening hours. This will result in the rapid freezing up of
water on untreated roadways, leading to areas of ice that could
make travel hazardous, particularly on bridges and overpasses. If
you must travel, be sure to slow down and exercise caution.
From WBTA News:
At early Sunday evening winds at the Genesee County Airport were out of the Southwest at 32mph.
A Peak Gust was recorded at 63mph.
Numerous tree limbs and wires have been reported down throughout Genesee County.
National Gid reported 4,600 customers with power in the county, half in the City and Town of Batavia. The utility’s website says that an estimated time of power restoration is being assessed.