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Gusts near 60 mph expected in WNY; high wind warning issued

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for the Niagara Frontier as well as Chautauqua and Monroe counties.

Stiff southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected Wednesday with gusts up to 60 mph, forecasters caution.

The high wind warning means "sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour with gusts of 58 mph or greater at any time," the weather service said.

Strong winds are forecast northeast of Lake Erie Wednesday. Models show the strongest winds about 1,500 feet up will be found over the Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua and Erie counties. (

The high winds could cause downed trees and power lines that could lead to scattered outages and some property damage, according to weather service forecasters.

Forecasters at the weather service said a strong upper level jet will "dig through the base of the long wave trough over the region," resulting in the increasing wind field.


Southwest winds are expected to gain strength and peak in the afternoon hours Wednesday. (National Weather Service)

Peak wind gusts above 50 mph are possible from about noon until 7 p.m., according to forecast charts.



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