Thunderstorms, damaging winds expected in late afternoon, evening

Photo by Tom Rivers: Holley has flowers out along Route 31 in the Public Square and in front of the Holley Gardens (former Holley High School). This photo was taken on Tuesday evening. The flower pots are maintained by the Holley Garden Club and the Holley DPW.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2020 at 11:22 am

Severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service says Orleans County and Western New York should expect strong to severe thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening, with a chance for a tornado. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

“The greatest severe weather threat will come from damaging wind gusts, although there will be the risk for tornadic activity, particularly across the Southern Tier and western Finger Lakes region,” the Weather Service said.

Along with the threat of severe weather, the storms this afternoon and evening will very likely contain torrential downpours.

“Rainfall amounts under these storms could easily exceed an inch in 30 minutes with flooding a possibility in areas where multiple storms train across the same location,” the Weather Service said.

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