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Strong Winds Persist Today

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Strong winds remain in the forecast that will likely cause some damage today. High Wind Warnings are in effect and have been extended through 4 p.m. 

The highest wind gust for this event in Rochester took place last night. At that time, a gust to 66 mph was measured shortly after 7 p.m. at the Greater Rochester Int’l Airport. This morning, in Oswego, a hurricane force wind gust to 77 mph was recorded just after 8 a.m.

Below are all POTENTIAL impacts from this event. 
  • Widespread outages
    • Downed powerlines, downed trees 
    • Strong prolonged winds mean linesmen are not able to work until winds calm down.
    • Good to be prepared for not having power for more than a day
  • Damage to property
    • Roof shingles and siding
      • Have tarps handy
    • Old buildings and those under construction will be more vulnerable
    • Potential damage to mobile homes
      • Secure loose objects outside
  • Travel problems
    • Traffic lights out
    • High profile, lighter vehicles will have trouble getting around
    • Trees down in the roads as well as potential for wires down
    • Snow squalls could mean reduced visibility

This massive storm system has been rapidly strengthening. It’s now to our north, but because of its size, winds will remain strong much of the day. 

The prolonged nature of this storm system will mean damage to many areas across Western New York as well as difficult travel.

For your reference, here are the top wind gusts recorded in Rochester since reliable wind records became available in 1948. 

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