Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for this afternoon and evening

BREAKING: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for Allegany County and all of Western and Central New York and similar portions of Pennsylvania until 9PM tonight as thunderstorms start to move into Cattaraugus County at this hour from the southwest.

A map of the impacted area, from the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, is in the top graphic, with types of hazards for various areas, posted earlier by the NWS at State College, Pa., is in the bottom panel.

Additional rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday, with potential for gusty winds and localized flooding.

Greater detail on forecasts for Allegany County and beyond, including links to Doppler radar, is available on our exclusive Weather Resources page of 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, through links on this page or at

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and monitor for possible flood situations. Turn Around Don’t Drown and head inside, staying away from windows, when lightening appears ahead of thunder.

The NWS warns that “just six inches of fast-moving flood waters can sweep a person off his or her feet,” with most flood-related deaths occurring at night due to individuals unable to determine water depths.

It notes that urban and small stream flash floods often occur in less than one hour.

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