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Approaching storm may cause flooding, wind damage

Western New York may see severe thunderstorms with damaging winds this afternoon.

A strong cold front will move through the area this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a flood watch starting at 2 p.m.

The flood watch covers Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties.

About an inch of rain is expected, though some spots may see up to 2 inches, the weather service said.

It won't take much rain to cause flooding in some creeks and streams, since water levels are already high from record-setting rainfall in April. A total of 6.38 inches of rain fell in April, breaking the record of 5.9 inches set in 1961, according to the weather service.

A new daily rainfall record was also set on Sunday, when 1.07 inches fell. The previous record of 0.84 inches was set in 1909.

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