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High wind warning starts at 10 a.m. for Orleans, WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 April 2020 at 9:35 am

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Orleans County and Western New York from 10 a.m. today until 2 a.m. tonight.

The strongest winds have been downgraded from near 70 miles per hour to 60 mph. The Weather Service reports there will be southwest winds from 30 to 40 miles per hour.

The damaging winds are expected to knock down trees and power lines, with widespread power outages. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, the Weather Service said.

“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches,’ the Weather Service said. “Use caution if you must drive.”

(UPDATED at 1:09 p.m.: Mount Albion Cemetery will be closed to the public today due to the high winds, which could bring down branches and trees in the historic cemetery on Route 31.)

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