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Strong thunderstorms approaching WNY, weather warnings posted

Strong thunderstorms are expected across Western New York late this morning.

Some have the potential to become severe, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters were tracking a line of storms approaching the region from the west ahead of a cold front.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were posted across the region.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph were associated with the storm.

The weather service said to "expect damage to roofs, siding and trees."

"This activity will bring a period of torrential rains, strong winds, hail and frequent lightning," the weather service said of the approaching storms.

The weather service has posted a special marine warning for Lake Erie, the Buffalo harbor and Niagara River.

Waterspouts and high winds were possible with the storms on area waterways, forecasters said.

"Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Small craft could be damaged in briefly higher winds and suddenly higher waves," the weather service said.

A beach hazards statement is also posted through this evening for Lake Erie's shorelines in Erie and Chautauqua counties.

The weather service said "strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions" are expected.

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