severe thunderstorm warning 7/14

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 7 p.m. for southwestern Wyoming County.

The warning also includes Cattaraugus County, southeastern Erie County, southeastern Chautauqua County and Allegany County.

About 6 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 7 miles east of Frewsburg to near Kane, moving northeast at 55 mph.

The storms were accompanied by 60 mph wind gusts, according to Weather Service radar, and were capable of producing hail of three-quarter of an inch.

Expect damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Locations to be effected include Olean, Salamanca, Allegany State Park, Ashford, Arcade, Allegany, Franklinville, Belfast, Cuba and Rushford. This includes Interstate 86 between exits 17 and 32.

Damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Move indoors immediately.

Lightning is one of nature`s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning, the Weather Service said.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways, the Weather Service said.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for Western New York, including the four-county GLOW region.

Original story:

BATAVIA — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Western New York including the GLOW region.

The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Isolated thunderstorms are developing in an unstable airmass across the region this afternoon.

The thunderstorms will likely expand in coverage and intensify through by mid to late afternoon.

The primary hazards from the thunderstorms will be strong wind gusts over 50 mph and tropical downpours, according to the NWS. Flooding could occur if multiple storms move over the same area.

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