High Wind Warning downgraded but winds now projected to continue Wednesday

BREAKING – STORM UPDATE #5: Don’t go away. The High Wind Warning, which was to stay into effect until 4AM Wednesday, has been downgraded by the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo to a WIND ADVISORY, which now will continue until 7PM tomorrow.

In the meantime, all but 56 of 703 electric services in the Town of Amity, which includes Belmont, have had power restored, according to Rochester Gas and Electric (RGE), but total outages remain in Clarksville, Genesee and Bolivar-Richburg, along with 1,030 out of 1,083 customers in Friendship being without power.

In total, 5,101 out of the 11,021 RGE customer base are without power in the county at this writing.

National Grid is reporting that only one customer, out of 151 that it was listing as out of service two-and-a-half hours ago, has had power restored, from its 7,119 services base in Allegany County.

The Allegany County Office of Emergency Management is reporting that it has been in “contact with RGE for those in the Friendship(,) Richburg, Bolivar, Genesee area. Their is (sic) multi spans of transmission lines down.

“They are working on bring back some customers but the majority will not have power restored (until an unknown time).

“If you you (sic) are on Home O2 and are running low we are working on getting O2 Tanks out to these townships,” it says. “As of right now Bolivar , Richburg , and soon Friendship fire halls will be open for you to go to.”

Individuals can monitor service outages for RGE at https://bit.ly/41TRIhH and National Grid at https://bit.ly/3tOinjs.

Service outage reports also can be created on those sites. If someone is without power while those around them have been restored, another report should be made.

NWS forecast update
The NWS now is projecting “a temporary lull in winds for a few hours overnight.

“Winds will then increase again close to Lake Erie late tonight and early Wednesday morning, with stronger winds then spreading east through the day Wednesday,” it says.

Forecasters now predict southwest winds of 25-to-35MPH, with gusts ramping up to 50MPH by noontime Wednesday in Central Allegany County. Some rain and snow also are in the forecast for tomorrow.

On Thursday, winds will reduce in the morning, according to the NWS, with gusts picking up to the 25-to-30MPH range in the central part of the county around noon.

This will be followed by a lull in winds on Friday which then will pick up again, according to current forecasts, to the 45MPH range for most of Saturday, before gradually decreasing on Sunday.

Yet-unpredicted amounts of rain and snow will mix in at times during the weekend.

Forecasts for adjoining New York and Pennsylvania counties vary in winds and precipitation.

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