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Strong storms, lightning strikes hitting parts of Erie County

The National Weather Service was urging people to take cover in parts of Erie County as a strong line of thunderstorms moved into the area late this afternoon.

The storms are capable of producing very heavy rain, and there have been reports of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, officials said.

The storm was reported near Kenmore at about 4:30 p.m. and was moving east toward Cheektowaga, Williamsville, Depew, Lancaster and Elma. It was also expected to affect parts of Niagara and Wyoming counties.