The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for several counties in New York state, including Allegany and Cattaraugus.

The warning will be in effect on Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph could blow down trees and power lines.

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“People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches,” the warning reads. “If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”

In preparation for the high winds, National Grid has increased staffing to more than 2,000 line, service, tree, damage assessment and public safety workers. Crews are being prepositioned in areas expected to be hardest hit, including western and central New York.

In addition to Allegany and Cattaraugus, the warning covers Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Oswego, Lewis, Livingston and Ontario counties.

"This storm has the potential to cause widespread power outages across most of New York, and I have directed our state's emergency response assets to be prepared to help our local partners should they need it," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. "New Yorkers across the state are heeding our guidance to stay home during the Covid-19 pandemic, but this storm makes that call all the more urgent."

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