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Severe thunderstorm warning until 2 p.m. in five WNY counties

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for portions of southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties until 2 p.m.

Wind gusts of 60 mph have been indicated on radar, the weather service said.

All of Western New York continues to face the threat of severe weather through tonight.

Tornado watch issued for WNY until 9 p.m.

The weather service on Tuesday morning warned of two lines of thunderstorms that may become severe with damaging winds — possibly exceeding 60 mph — and heavy rain.

One line of thunderstorms moved across the region early in the afternoon, with another line of storms expected late in the afternoon and in the early evening, the weather service said.

Torrential rains may lead to ponding on roadways and in low-lying areas, officials said.

A wind advisory issued early Tuesday goes into effect at 2 p.m. for northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. Winds of 20 mph to 30 mph — and gusts of up to 45 mph or 50 mph — are expected through the afternoon and into the evening. The advisory is scheduled to expire at 8 p.m.

(National Weather Service)

Strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions will be present at beaches in Erie and Chatauqua counties from the early afternoon through late in the evening, the weather service said. Forecasters expect life-threatening waves and currents and suggest individuals stay out of the water and stay away from piers and breakwalls.

City of Buffalo outdoor pools closed at 1:30 p.m. due to the possibility of severe weather.

High temperatures today are expected to reach the lower 80s.

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