Flood watch, high wind watch both in effect for Orleans County, WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2020 at 3:30 pm

Karen Russo took this photo on Monday of the American flag in front of Albion High School.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a flood watch and high wind watch for Orleans County and Western New York.

The flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon when rain will be widespread and heavy later Saturday afternoon through Saturday night.

Total rainfall amounts may reach 1.5 to 2.5 inches, with the greatest amounts expected across the Niagara Frontier, the Weather Service said.

“Heavy rain falling on nearly saturated ground will result in excessive runoff,” the Weather Service said. “This may result in flooding of low lying areas and urban areas. Flooding is also possible on some larger rivers as well, including the Buffalo area creeks.”

There is also a high wind watch from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon with southwest winds from 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 mph.

“Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,” the Weather Service said. “Scattered power outages are possible. Shallow rooted trees may be uprooted due to the very wet ground. Minor property damage is possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.”

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