The Finger Lakes area is under a severe thunderstorm watch as heat and humidity sweep across the northeastern states. Possible hail, isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts may hit our area later this afternoon and into Thursday evening.
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
IN NEW YORK THIS WATCH INCLUDES 14 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL NEW YORK
IN WESTERN NEW YORK
ALLEGANY CATTARAUGUS CHAUTAUQUA
ERIE GENESEE LIVINGSTON
MONROE NIAGARA ONTARIO
ORLEANS WAYNE WYOMING
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF AUBURN, BATAVIA, BUFFALO,
CANANDAIGUA, FAIR HAVEN, GENESEO, JAMESTOWN, MEDINA, NEWARK,
NIAGARA FALLS, OLEAN, OSWEGO, ROCHESTER, WARSAW, AND WELLSVILLE.
Isolated tornadoes are among the dangers as severe thunderstorms continue to cross the northeastern United States into Thursday evening.
After a refreshing break from steamy air at midweek, more humid air is being ushered back into the region.
High temperatures will return to the upper 70s to middle 80s on Thursday across upstate New York and the mid-Atlantic, which will add fuel to a new round of storms.
Severe thunderstorms will continue to track from eastern Ohio into western parts of New York and Pennsylvania before spreading over the rest of New York state and the mid-Atlantic into Thursday evening.
The strongest thunderstorms will continue to produce damaging winds and hail. Strong thunderstorm winds downed power lines west of Erie, Pennsylvania, during the mid-morning hours of Thursday.
Trees with a weakened root structure from recent rainfall will be more susceptible to being downed by thunderstorm winds, even if gusts are below 58 mph -- the lowest wind gust for a storm to be considered severe.
"There can also be an isolated tornado," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said.
"Some of these storms may produce flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas," according to Hoegg.
This is especially true for areas that were pummeled with rounds of severe storms on Sunday.
The storms may lead to times of reduced visibility along sections of interstates 70, 79, 80, 81, 83, 90 and 95 at a time when many people may be getting a jump start on holiday travel.
"Everyone starting their holiday weekend early should keep an eye to the sky as these storms could lead to slower travel and delays at airports," Hoegg said.
Cities potentially impacted by these storms include Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Albany, Syracuse and Binghamton, New York.