Orleans sheriff issues travel advisory

Jim Candytree sent in this photo of a tree knocked down on Hazard Parkway in Albion.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 February 2019 at 5:25 pm

Weather Service says flash freeze will make driving ‘particularly dangerous’

Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower has issued a travel advisory for Orleans County, urging extreme caution if people must drive.

The sheriff said widespread power outages are expected due to the powerful winds.

The winds will also cause flooding on the lakeshore, Bower said.

The National Weather Service warns that there will be dangerous winds and flash freeze until 8 p.m. today in Orleans County.

“This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the Weather Service said. “If you must travel be prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines. Always assume power lines are live.”

In addition the very strong winds, temperatures are dropping to below freezing.

“This will result in the rapid freezing of water on untreated roadways, leading to areas of ice that could make travel hazardous, particularly on bridges and overpasses. If you must travel, be sure to slow down and exercise caution.”

Provided photo: The wind damaged carport at Heritage Estates in Albion this afternoon.