High wind watch in Orleans County, WNY on Friday

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Oak Orchard Lighthouse is shown on Saturday as the sun was setting at Point Breeze. The lighthouse was built in 2010 as a replica of one that toppled over in a wind storm in 1916.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 March 2021 at 7:37 am

A high wind watch is in effect Friday morning through afternoon in Orleans County and much of Western New York.

There will be southwest winds from 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 mph possible, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The high wind watch is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.

“Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,” the Weather Service said. “Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

The high temperatures the next few days includes 71 today, followed by a high of 59 on Friday, 53 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday.

This is a view the sun setting looking through the bottom of the lighthouse.