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Live updates: Halloween storm of 2019

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8:00 A.M. 11/01/19

More than 8,000 people are without power across Monroe County according to RG&E. The good news is some of the strongest winds have moved east. The peak gusts ranged between 50-60 mph. Expect a mix of sun and clouds through the rest of the day.

3:50 A.M. 11/01/19

As of this morning, there are over 4,000 people without power in Monroe County and winds have gusted over 50 mph at the Rochester Airport. The front has passed through and behind it, there are waves of strong winds that will continue to gust near or above 60 mph through the morning.

Low pressure directly to the north will continue to move east and create problems for those from Buffalo to Rochester. While Erie County is seeing some of the worst damage, there have been reports of damage around Monroe County.

11:20 A.M. 10/31/19

A large storm system is heading toward Western New York and the Finger Lakes this Halloween and it has continued to materialize into what will have major impacts on the region. Expect rain wind, and even some snow from Thursday evening through Friday.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: The front edge of a deepening low pressure ahead of a strong jet stream is entering New York state. This storm will rapidly strengthen over the next few hours. Expect rain to engulf Western New York this afternoon.

That rain will continue through trick-or-treating this evening. It will be a soaking rain for any Halloween Parties.

THURSDAY OVERNIGHT UPDATE: Expect the winds to ramp up out of the southwest from about 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. with gusts nearing 30-40 mph. A strong cold front will move through early Friday morning that will bring with it westerly winds sustained 20-30 mph with gusts focused west of Rochester nearing 50-60 mph with a small chance to see gusts higher than 60 mph.

IMPACTS: This wind will have the capability of taking down some trees that may be vulnerable by a wet soil and still have leaves on them. That could cause damage to homes and properties as well as hit power lines and cause outages. Travel may also become difficult with high profile vehicles on highways Friday morning.

Make sure to have all Halloween decorations securely fashioned and not able to blow away in strong winds. Also watch loose trash cans that may fly away Friday morning.

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