Damaging wind potential may approach hurricane force Sunday night into Monday


    Timeline & intensity of this severe weather threat

    A High Wind WARNING is in effect for the following counties:

    • Lewis, Jefferson, Wayne, northern Cayuga, Ontario & Oswego counties from 10 AM Sunday until 10 AM Monday.
    • Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Cortland, Tompkins, Yates, Schuyler & Madison counties from 1 PM Sunday until 7 PM Monday.
    • Otsego & Chenango counties from 4 PM Sunday until 7 PM Monday.
    • Herkimer county from 7 PM Sunday until 7 PM Monday.

    A High Wind WARNING means that strong and damaging winds will occur soon during the time outlined.

    --Sustained winds of 40 mph will occur for one or more hours, or winds will gusts 58 mph or higher for one or more hours.
    --Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude.
    --In this particular case, maximum wind gusts of 50 to 60 MPH appear likely throughout these counties for a lengthy period of time.
    --Peak wind gusts could approach 70 to 75 MPH in the hardest hit areas. Best chances for this will be Jefferson county and along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
    --Hurricane force wind gusts are considered anything 74 MPH or higher.

    If your area has a high wind warning, here is what you should do:
    -- Damaging winds will likely occur across parts of the warned area. Stay inside and away from windows. The highest winds will likely occur across the highest elevations of our area and near lakeshore communities.
    -- Be prepared for trees blocking roadways and for power outages.
    -- Have a battery operated radio, and several flashlights available and in working order.
    -- Make sure you have fresh batteries on hand and several replacements so you are able to use flashlights often.
    -- Make sure to keep your cell phone charge up throughout the day in case you are unable to charge it later.
    -- Keep a fresh cell phone bank/block on hand and charged up in case you do need to recharge your cellphone.
    -- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
    -- Periodically check NBC3, CBS5 and CW6 for updates on the weather and additional warnings.

    A Lakeshore Flood WARNING has been issued for the Lake Ontario shoreline of the following counties:

    --Oswego and Jefferson counties from 4 PM Sunday until 1 PM Monday.

    What does this lakeshore flood watch mean?
    --Powerful southwesterly to westerly to west-northwesterly winds will potentially gust to 60 to 75 MPH over Lake Ontario and push inland.
    --This will cause significant waves to build to at least 10 to 15 feet. Waves may approach 20 to 25 feet over Lake Ontario.
    --These waves will crash into the shoreline and cause the potential for localized lakeshore flooding and shoreline erosion along the immediate Lake Ontario shoreline.
    --In addition, ice that is on the shoreline may get shoved inland and cause even further problems and
    --Flooding is most likely in low-lying, flood prone areas along the immediate lakeshores and in bays and inlets along Lake Ontario and into the Saint Lawrence River & Thousand Islands region.
    --Wave action will result in increased shoreline and beach erosion.

    Here's what you should do if you live on the shoreline:
    -- Take any necessary precautions to protect life and property from flooding.
    -- If you are asked to evacuate, heed local officials.
    -- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if additional warnings are issued you will know.
    -- Periodically check NBC3, CBS5 and CW6 for updates on the weather and possible warnings.
    -- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to streams, creeks or rivers, which can become killers in heavy rains.
    -- If you live or work in an area which is prone to flooding, have a safe evacuation route to use if flooding occurs.
    -- Have a battery operated radio, and several flashlights available and in working order.

    Here's a look at the counties under a High Wind WARNING:

    High Wind Warning

    Timeline & intensity of this severe weather threat:

    Timeline & intensity of this severe weather threat

    Forecast Peak Wind Gusts & Possible Impacts & Damage:

    Forecast Peak Wind Gusts & Possible Impacts & Damage

    Here is what to do to prepare for strong wind from the National Weather Service:

    Here is what to do to prepare for strong wind


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