The few questions from this morning about the extend of the severe weather have been answered.
All the pieces now look to be in place for a significant severe weather event across the Finger Lakes region.
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Local Weather Center
Thunderstorms, with severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings, are firing across eastern Ohio. These storms will form into a squall line that will race east. This line should smash through the Finger Lakes between 4-7 pm, with the worst around 5 and 6 pm.
Widespread damaging winds are the primary threat with this line. Isolated tornadoes are possible too, yes...but do not let the tornado threat detract away from the significance of the wind hazard. Winds over 60 mph will be widespread, and gusts of 80+mph will likely occur in some spots.
There is not too much time to prepare this afternoon, so here are some tips to stay safe before, during and after the storms:
Remove or tie down loose objects from your yard, deck, patio, etc. This will prevent them from blowing around, causing more damage.
If outside tonight, have an evacuation plan ready for when the storms come. The storms will be moving very quickly, so there will be little time between the first rumbles of thunder or dark clouds and the onset of the storm.
Be prepared for power outages, possibly lengthy. Flashlights, food, water, medicine, a charged cell phone, handheld portable radio, first aide items and, of course, batteries should all be placed in a secure, easy to access location.
When storms approach, seek shelter away from window and in an interior room on the lowest level possible. This is especially true of a tornado warning is issued.
Never go near downed wires- they may be live still.
Respect emergency barriers if traveling- numerous roads may close for a time due to downed trees.
Remember that a WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms, but a WARNING means severe storms are approaching and shelter should be taken immediately.