High Wind Warning Issued For Today

Hold on to your hats.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Chautauqua County from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Winds are expected to travel southeasterly at 30 to 40 miles per hour, with stronger gusts of up to 60 miles per hour along the Lake Erie shore and near northward facing slopes.

According to the NWS, travel may be difficult for high profile vehicles, particularly on the New York State Thruway. Moreover, downed trees and powerlines may result in scattered power outages and property damage.

“Since the winds are expected to occur primarily during normal business hours, we will be ready to respond as quickly as possible should outages happen,” said David L. Leathers, general manager of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. “In addition, we depend on our commitment to an ongoing year-round tree trimming program to help prevent major issues during severe weather events.”

Of course, along with downed trees and power lines, Starflight – the local area’s air-based medical transport – may also be affected.

“If the winds are excessive, we won’t fly at all,” said Michael Pasternak, chief Starflight pilot. “(Sixty mile per hour) winds would exceed our standard.”

Pasternak added that weather conditions, as always, will be closely monitored. If winds are excessive, ground transport will be the alternate form of medical evacuation.