weather

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Western New York until 2 p.m.

The NWS says a severe thunderstorm was located near Springville moving east at 45 mph with 60 mph wind gusts.

Expect damage to trees and power lines. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding.

The NWS advises moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Additionally, a tornado watch has also been issued until 9 p.m.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the warning until 3:45 p.m.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: The thunderstorm warning has been extended to 4:15 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, tornado.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for all of Western New York.

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Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11:35 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued the following special weather statement.

A severe weather threat is possible this afternoon. Thunderstorms are expected to rapidly develop and intensify early this afternoon as they move from the Ohio Valley into Western and Central New York.

Some of these storms may become severe with strong winds in excess of 60 mph and hail more than 1 inch in diameter.

Be ready to take action if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your location. At a minimum, take shelter in a substantial building.

There will also be a threat for flash floods if multiple storms move over the same area.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Northwestern Wyoming, Northeastern Erie, and Southwestern Genesee counties by the National Weather Service until 2:30 p.m. 

A severe thunderstorm was located over Hamburg, moving northeast at 45 mph. The storm has the potential to bring 60-mph wind gusts and penny-size hail. 

Officials say to expect wind damage to trees and power lines.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, weather, flooding, Attica.

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Press release from Wyoming County Emergency Managment, file photo:

The New York State Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Center will be on site today in the Village of Attica. They will be located at the Department of Public Works facility, 43 Exchange St.

The purpose of this command center is to help residents and businesses with the recovery process from the severe flooding that occurred in Wyoming County on July 13. They intend to be on site until 8 p.m.

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, government, flooding, tornado.

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Press release, file photo.

A bipartisan group of senators and assemblymen are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a disaster declaration and provide emergency funding to assist communities impacted by recent tornadoes and flash floods.

Senators Patrick Gallivan and Christopher Jacobs, and Assemblymen Sean Ryan, Michael Kearns and David DiPietro represent communities in Erie and Wyoming counties hit hard by severe weather earlier this month. Areas impacted by tornadoes and flooding include Hamburg, Holland, Orchard Park, Attica and Bennington.

In a letter to the governor, the legislators cited extensive damage to homes, businesses, trees, power lines and roads. They are seeking financial assistance for residents and local governments to help pay for the extensive cleanup and recovery efforts.

The letter states in part:

“The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes struck the region, including two in communities that we represent. An EF2 tornado with winds of 110-135 mph hit the Town of Hamburg and an EF1 tornado with winds of 95 mph was recorded in the Town of Holland.

“In addition to the tornadoes, Western New York was also hit with heavy rains on July 13 and July 20 that caused flash flooding throughout Wyoming County, especially in the towns of Attica and Bennington.”

Wyoming County Fire and Emergency Management Director Tony Santoro estimates $2.3 million in damage to public infrastructure. Officials say in many cases, repair costs will exceed municipal budgets for road repair. Additionally, dozens of homes and businesses were also flooded, with some reporting 2 to 6 feet of water inside their buildings.

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Perry.

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While at the Village Park in Perry, Mike Grover, chief of Perry Police, snapped the above photo, which looked like a tornado forming in the distance. However, National Weather Service of Buffalo (NWS) officials say the formation was a funnel cloud.

Most of Sunday, the NWS had issued warnings for Northeastern Wyoming and surrounding counties that a line of strong thunderstorms was moving across the area. Around 4:30 that afternoon is when Grover snapped the shot.

Wyoming County and all of Western New York has had its fair share of wacky weather this summer and officials say this is due to the pretty active pattern with the jet stream.

WNY is in an area where the trough (pattern of the jet stream) moves in a southerly direction – negative tilted trough – said Meteorologist Steve Welch. According to the NWS website, this type of trough produces the most severe weather. The strong southerly surface wind, with its warm air underneath the incoming cold air in the upper atmosphere, creates unstable conditions.

But what exactly is the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud?

Essentially, a tornado is a funnel cloud that actually touches the ground, usually within super cell storms. While they are rare, New York State, as a whole, averages about 10 per year on a 30-year average.

“The last one here through Western New York was in 2011,” Welch said. “There is generally more activity from the Northern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier area to Albany.”

While there will always be a funnel cloud when there is a tornado, the reverse is not true.

Anytime there is a rotating funnel of condensation descending from a wall cloud toward the ground, a funnel cloud forms. That formation is a rotating column of condensation until it hits the ground, where it becomes a tornado.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, tornado.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a tornado warning for Southwestern Wyoming County until 1 p.m. today.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Hamburg, moving east at 40 mph.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed, and damage to roofs, window, and vehicles can occur and tree damage is likely.

The National Weather Services advises taking cover now. Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter.

UPDATE 12:57 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the tornado warning until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southwestern Wyoming County until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: Areas of impact include: Arcade, Pike, Eagle, Silver Springs and Castile.

UPDATE 1:26 p.m: The severe thunderstorm warning has been extended until 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:11 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Silver Lake, Perry, announcements.

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Press release, file photo.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following boating advisory:

Effective July 14 at 9 a.m. a boating advisory and No Wake Zone for all of Silver Lake, Perry. No unnecessary boating is advised.

Silver Lake is not closed, however, a No Wake Zone for the entire lake is in effect.

Thursday’s rains and flooding has caused the lake to rise several inches, dangerously covering docks, damaging moored boats and placing large pieces of debris on the lake.

The Sheriff’s Office and New York State Park Police marine units have increased patrols monitoring the lake.

It is anticipated this advisory and No Wake Zone will be in effect for approximately three days.

UPDATE July 17, 11:10 a.m.: Effective this morning, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph has lifted the boating advisory on Silver Lake.

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Eagle.

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National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Hamilton says the damage to the house on Wing Street in Eagle is consistent with straight line wind damage or what is called downburst winds.

A downburst is a strong downdraft, which causes damaging winds on or near the ground.

“These type of winds come out ahead of a thunderstorm and can be as strong as a tornado. Wind gusts can be up to 50 to 60 miles per hour and are very isolated.”

Sometime between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning the downburst wiped out the rear of the home, took down a large pine tree, lifted and threw a barn off its foundation to the field across the street, and took down power lines.

Although radar indicated a storm was in the area, officials say it really couldn’t even be called a thunderstorm because there was no lightening.

See related: Home damaged by unknown weather event in Eagle

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Pike.

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Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies urge caution when traveling Route 39 at Hardys Road in Pike due to heavy flooding on the roadway. 

New York State Department of Transportation crews have been dispatched to the scene.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Eagle, news.

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At some point between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 this morning an unconfirmed weather event occurred that damaged a house on Wing Street in Eagle, nearby neighbors say. Residents close to the home say there was a heavy downpour last evening but relatively little wind accompanied it.

A large pine tree was partially uprooted, coming to a leaning rest on the roof. The rear of the house has been destroyed, a utility pole was sheared in half, and a barn was lifted from its foundation and tossed across the road, landing in a field in pieces.

The home lies on the south side of the Wing Street between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – on the Wyoming and Allegany counties' line. According to neighbors, the owner of the home does not live in the area and has been notified.

Due to today’s rain and flooding, the National Weather Service in Buffalo was unable to comment as to what type of weather event passed through the area as of this post.

UPDATE 5:32 p.m.: According to National Weather Service in Buffalo Meteorologist David Zaff, ground crews will be at the property on Wing Street in Eagle tomorrow to assess the cause of the damages to the home and property.

Several small storms did pass through the area between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 this morning, however nothing on radar indicated a severe storm, says Zaff.

At this time, officials are calling the weather event a severe thunderstorm.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flood, Attica, news.

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Tonawanda Creek couldn’t hold the deluge of rain this morning, subsequently forcing the closure of Dunbar Road between Route 98 and Exchange Road in Attica due to flooding.

According to two local residents, the areas just west of, and on both sides of, the bridge on Dunbar are a farmer’s fields, which were recently planted.

Currently, the Village park is under water and crews are clearing the debris left on Main Street from earlier flooding.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning until 8 p.m. for Northern Wyoming and Livingston, Northeastern Erie, Southern Orleans and Niagara counties. Local law enforcement has reported widespread flooding throughout the region, including the closure of many roads due to high water, debris or washouts. 

While the heavy rain has ended, it will take some time for the water to recede across the area, weather officials say.

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Tonawanda Creek on Dunbar Road.

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The above two photos are taken on Exchange Road.

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The above three photos are at Attica Village Park.

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Dunbar Road off Route 238

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Tonawanda Creek

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a flash flood warning for Wyoming, Southeastern Erie, and Central Livingston counties until 2:15 p.m.

More than an inch of rain has fallen and another 1 to 2 inches of rain is likely. 

At this time, there is heavy rainfall and flooding in the Attica and Bennington areas.

Folsom Road is shut down at Route 354 (Clinton Street).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

A special weather statement has been issued by the National Weather Service until 9:45 a.m.:

Slow moving thunderstorms are moving across northern Wyoming, and central Livingston and Genesee counties.

At 9 a.m., radar indicated slow-moving thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Oakfield to Mount Morris, northeast at 25 mph.

Areas impacted include Letchworth and Darien Lakes state parks, Perry, Warsaw, Bennington, Batavia, Geneseo, Avon, and Mount Morris.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms and may cause localized flooding. While most areas will receive at least a half-inch of rain, some spots will get nearly two inches of rain in less than an hour's time.

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 8:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

A severe weather alert from the National Weather Service in Buffalo says: “A flash flood watch has been issued for Wyoming County until 8 a.m. Saturday.

“A complex (system) of thunderstorms over Ohio and Lake Erie this evening is expected to expand into a very moist airmass and track across Western New York overnight. The heaviest rainfall within these storms is expected across Wyoming and Erie counties, and the Southern Tier. 

“Some of these storms will contain torrential downpours and may produce localized rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches within an hour or two, with flash flooding possible through the overnight hours.”

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, Attica, Bennington, Covington, Wyoming, Wyoming County.

A Special Weather Statement issued a couple of minutes ago by the National Weather Service says: "An area of strong thunderstorms will bring torrential rains to Northern Wyoming and Southern Genesee counties. 

"Strong thunderstorms were clustered near Attica, or eight miles south of Batavia, moving east at 15 mph.

"These storms will bring very heavy rainfall to Attica and nearby locations with more than an inch of rain possible in an hour or less. Locations impacted include... Darien Lakes State Park, Le Roy, Bennington, Attica, Pavilion, Stafford, Covington, Alexander, Wyoming and East Bethany. This includes Interstate 90 near exit 47. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways."

These conditions are expected until 2 p.m.

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

From late tonight through Tuesday mornings temperatures will hover around 30 degrees. Freezing temperatures may damage tender spring vegetation, officials say.

In addition to protecting spring plants, potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside.

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m. for all of Western New York and surrounding counties.

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon and evening, say officials at the National Weather Service in Buffalo. 

While there will be some showers and possible thunderstorms over the region into the midday hours, later today a cold front is expected to push across the state. This front will generate a second round of storms that could reach severe limits. 

Officials say the severe weather potential will be greatest between 5 and 8 p.m.. Along with the risk for widespread severe weather, there will be heightened concern for flooding due to slow moving downpours and very wet existing conditions.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory from 11 o’clock tonight to 2 p.m. Friday for Wyoming, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. 

One to three inches of snow is expected overnight, with an additional 1 to 3 inches on Friday. The NWS warns visibility may be as low as a half mile at times.

Winds will be coming out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40. 

The low overnight will hover around 30 degrees with highs Friday in the lower 30s.

This late season storm may bring several inches of wet snow, which will best accumulate on grassy surfaces. Additionally, slushy conditions on roadways may make for slick travel.

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