BUFFALO, N.Y. — Friday's winds came on fast, and they were intense for several hours throughout the entire region. Dozens of wind damage reports have come in from the National Weather Service in just about every county.
Winds also forced water levels on Lake Erie to rise very quickly. A seiche of 8.4 feet was reported at 12:06 p.m. by the National Weather Service. Water levels have slowly been receding since then.
Fortunately, the wind is quickly quieting. Scattered gusts to 30 mph are still possible through Friday evening, but overnight the wind will weaken considerably.
High Wind Warnings were allowed to expire for Western New York at 4 p.m.
Overnight, patchy clouds will hang around and temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 30s. Wind gusts my reach 30 mph before midnight. Saturday's weather will be much calmer with some sunshine, but another storm will come through on Sunday with more rain and some wind. At this point, the wind Sunday doesn't look like it will be as intense as Friday's, but gusts to 50 mph are a possibility later in the afternoon. If that is the case, the National Weather Service may issue a new set of Wind Advisories tomorrow.