Strong winds are forecast to blow down trees and power lines in Upstate New York today, according to the National Weather Service. "Damaging winds will blow down numerous trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Some property damage likely. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles."
Winds are expected to gust up to 70 miles per hour in Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties. Therefore, anyone living in those regions should practice caution whenever venturing outside due to hazardous weather conditions. Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Jamestown, Orchard Park, and Springville are some of the cities that will be affected by strong winds and power outages today.
Here's a map of peak wind gusts that are expected in Upstate New York:
The high wind warning will remain in effect until 11pm this evening. It's a good idea to avoid forested areas and trees during windy conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Also, try to stay clear of any power lines in case they fall down. During windy conditions, you should stay at home and avoid standing next to windows in case debris strikes your property.
Strong winds can cause property damage due to downed trees and power lines, according to FEMA (a government agency). Therefore, it's worth trimming any branches in your yard to reduce the probability of them falling onto your home. Also, it's a good idea to secure any fencing or loose objects before strong winds arrive in your location.
The CDC recommends keeping a disaster supply kit in your home that can be used in the event of a power outage. "This kit should include enough water, dried and canned food, and emergency supplies (flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, prescription medicines, and a digital thermometer) to last at least 3 days. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches (to minimize the risk of fire)."
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