More Severe Storm Warnings tonight, accompanied by a Flash Flood Warning in Northeastern Allegany County

WEATHER BULLETIN: A third day of SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS is occurring tonight, moving in train-like fashion from southwest to northeast across Allegany County, with a FLASH FLOOD WARNING also provided for Northeastern Allegany County until 3:15PM Thursday. Additional warnings could be issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, based on the extended line … Read more

Pennsylvania experiencing long line of severe thunderstorms

BREAKING: Pennsylvania counties are experiencing a long line of severe thunderstorms across the northern part of the state at this hour, less than an hour-and-a-half after the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) at Norman, Okla., issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH. The unusual concentration comes on the five-year anniversary of a strong overnight … Read more

Most RG&E power restorations expected by 11PM tonight

POWER RESTORATION UPDATE: Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) is estimating that “a majority” of its remaining customers without power in its six-county Rochester Central and Fillmore districts, including more than 900 in Allegany County, will have lights back on by 11PM tonight. Allegany County appears to have been the hardest hit by high winds in … Read more

RG&E says it still is assessing conditions in Allegany County

BREAKING UPDATE: Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), in its latest news release, says that it “will provide restoration times” for massive Allegany County power outages “once the extent of the damage is more thoroughly assessed.” The statement, published at 10:49AM but dated at 10AM, conflicts with an Allegany County Office of Emergency Management Facebook post … Read more

Allegany Emergency Management says power restoration within next five hours

BREAKING: The Allegany County Office of Emergency Management says it has been advised, presumably by power companies, that power should be on in most locations in the county by 3PM today. In a Facebook post at 9:57AM it advises that “We have received word that the estimated time of restoration is approximately 5 hours from … Read more

RG&E still out of service with communications and electric

Information from Rochester Gas & Electric (RGE) remained elusive this morning, as Allegany Hope Community News awaits details about restoration of power to nearly one half of the company’s accounts in Allegany County, including entire areas in Clarksville, Bolivar-Richburg, Genesee, and Friendship, along with other smaller areas throughout the county. We had been advised at … Read more

Allegany County holding Hazard Mitigation Plan meetings and conducting public survey

Allegany County is holding a meeting tonight in Bolivar and additional sessions next week in Almond and Angelica to obtain public comment in regard to needs related to a county Hazard Mitigation Plan which currently is being updated. The Thursday, September 28, gathering will be at the Bolivar Town Hall, 252 North Main Street, with … Read more

Allegany County in Unhealthy air quality range

Central Allegany County has been in the Unhealthy range for air quality since early this morning, a level above that forecast yesterday by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, although it is moderating to the minimum level of the designation at noontime. Accompanying graphics from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative … Read more

Allegany County dumps migrant State of Emergency

Allegany County has dropped its State of Emergency from last month pertaining to migrants and asylum seekers due to the lack of an emergency. Board of Legislators Chairman W. Brooke Harris announced today that his emergency declaration “concerning the migrant crisis” was allowed to expire yesterday at the end of a 30-day issuance period in … Read more

Allegany County escapes for now New York City lawsuit against states of emergency regarding migrants

BREAKING: Allegany and Cattaraugus counties weren’t immediately included, but were mentioned today, in a New York City lawsuit against 33 of the other 57 counties in the state which have issued executive orders seeking to block entry of asylum seekers into their geographic areas. The action, in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, came the same … Read more

Allegany County State of Emergency may have been based on false assumptions

Emerging news reports indicate that states of emergency declared in several Western New York counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming, related to possible influxes of migrants and asylum seekers, may be based on erroneous premises. Spectrum News 1, in stories from various state locations, is reporting that Gov. Kathy Hochul is seeking welcoming communities to … Read more

Spring has sprung, along with a focus on seasonal weather safety

Although it may not seem like it with this week’s forecasts, astronomical spring arrived today, along with National Weather Service (NWS) seasonal safety concerns. Meteorologists recognize March 1 as the first day of spring, based on seasonal calendar quarters, although astronomical spring doesn’t arrive until 5:24 Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, March 20, in the … Read more

Earthquake preparation takes on increased meaning with Turkey and Buffalo events

Preparation for an earthquake has taken on additional significance after events last week in Turkey and Buffalo. Ready.gov, a federal public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters, is featuring earthquake preparation on its website as increased interest is … Read more

Allegany County Hazard Mitigation Plan response and mitigation analysis underway

One of three public meetings in regard to updating Allegany County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), described as having “a critical role in mitigation planning, flood prevention and emergency response during storm events,” will be held tomorrow morning at Belmont. The 9AM to 11AM session will be conducted at the Crossroads Center at 6087 State Route … Read more