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Severe t-storm threat over but winds remain gusty

Severe t-storm threat over but winds remain gusty

Strong to severe thunderstorms will race from west to east across New York, Vermont & New Hampshire through late Friday evening.

A wind advisory is also in place though 11 p.m. today.

At 4:09 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was located over Batavia moving northeast at 75 miles per hour. Winds could still gust to 55 miles per hour until shortly after midnight. Up to three-quarters of an inch of hail are possible.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. A wind advisory is in effect for all of us until 8am Saturday.

"The main threat will be damaging convective winds with the squall line, but if any isolated cells develop ahead of this main line there may even be a risk for some hail, or a tornado", the weather service said.

That should help to bring sunny skies with highs near 60 degrees. The storms this afternoon may produce up to golfball hail and wind gusts over 60 miles per hour.

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Damage to trees and power lines is expected to be the most widespread effect from the storms. It says isolated tornadoes are possible.

Today's severe weather potential has caught the eyes of weather experts from across the nation.

Loose outdoor items should be secured or stowed away in a garage or house until the storms have passed.

The risk of flash flooding will be limited to a localized level given the quick-moving nature of the overall storm system. That is still strong enough to cause some minor damage. "Travel in high-profile vehicles will also be hard at times".

Gusty winds in excess of 40 miles per hour are expected to spread from Chicago to Detroit, Toronto and then Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, on Friday.

Daytime highs in the mid 60s are expected, the weather service said.