The National Weather Service issued a flood watch and a high wind advisory for Cattaraugus County shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. Both will remain in effect until 11 a.m. Sunday.
According to the agency, between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain are expected.
“Heavy rain falling on nearly saturated ground will result in excessive runoff,” the agency warned. "Individuals living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop."
In addition, southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected.
“Damaging winds will blow down some trees and power lines, leading to scattered power outages,” the wind advisory said. “Shallow rooted trees could be uprooted due to the very wet ground. Minor property damage is possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
"People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”
In addition to Cattaraugus County, the flood watch applies to Chautauqua, Genesee, Monroe, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The high wind advisory also applies to Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe. Niagara, Orleans, Southern Erie and Wyoming counties.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday directed state agencies to deploy emergency response assets due to the forecast of heavy rains, ice and potential flooding throughout much of upstate New York and heavy rainfall in the North Country and across the northern portions of Western New York, Central New York, and the Mohawk Valley.
"This storm system will deliver a significant amount of rain and ice across many portions of the state with the potential for flooding in some of our more problematic areas, so New Yorkers must take precautions this weekend when traveling,” Cuomo said. “I have directed state resources to take a proactive approach, and crews are already downing potentially hazardous tree limbs and clearing creeks and streams of debris to help lessen flooding concerns.”.
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