Elevated level of severe thunderstorms, including heavy rain, this evening

The National Weather Service (NWS) is alerting to a Slight Risk, the second of five levels on the severe weather scale, for thunderstorms accompanied by heavy downpours of rain, large hail and damaging winds tonight in most of Allegany County and Western New York south, with a lesser risk to the east.

Forecasters at Buffalo are showing two waves of slow moving storms moving through the area between 7PM and around midnight, as shown in the graphics accompanying the story, producing heavy downpours with a slight risk of localized flash flooding.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and continue to monitor for any updates during the day.

Turn Around Don’t Drown, as has occurred in other locations, with as little as six inches of rapidly moving water being able to knock an individual off their feet and a 12 inches carrying away a small car.

Consider posting photos or video of any significant flooding or storm damage to our Facebook page or sending it to us at AlleganyHopeWNY@outlook.com by, first, BEING SAFE when doing so, and including your name, location and direction of images, and any other pertinent information.

Follow on Doppler radar
Additional details on the weather for the next seven days, including updating Doppler radar images as they relate to storms, are available through links on our exclusive Weather Resources page on our Allegany Hope Community News, Resources and Calendar website at https://bit.ly/3yYyVUt or https://bit.ly/3YAlcPI.

Due to Allegany County’s location bordering three NYS forecast offices, Allegany Hope Weather Resources provides forecasts and other information from National Weather Services offices at Buffalo, for Allegany County west, Binghamton for Steuben County east, and State College, Pa., for Potter and McKean counties in Pennsylvania, along with regional and national data.

Additional preparedness
Allegany Hope is a Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM and provides both adverse weather and other emergency preparedness and weather education information on this website and on our group Allegany Hope WNY Community News Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3DRdx6J.

“Like” and “Share” this website and that page, along with applicable posts, with family members and friends to help keep them informed about what is happening in Allegany County and beyond.

Emergency alerts reporting should not be considered a substitute for immediate weather alert radio or portable instant warning devices.

As always, we are seeking volunteers who have an interest in weather and other types of disaster preparedness to expand our coverage and community education. For further information, contact us at AlleganyHopeWNY@outlook.com or (585) 664-9989.