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Much of the focus of Hurricane Sandy’s impact is on coastal regions and, especially the New York metropolitan area. But what can we expect here in GeneseeCounty?

This is Meteorologist Kirk Apffel at the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

“I think the biggest problem for us is going to be strong winds. The worst of it is going to come tonight, basically starting real late this afternoon and running through Tuesday morning. We’re going to have winds increasing from 30-40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.”

There are no weather watches or warnings in effect now…although two have been posted for later today. A Flood Watch and a High Wind Warning will be effect from 2 this afternoon until tomorrow afternoon.

Tim Yeager is the Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator. He describes what he is watching most closely.

“Our concern here is the rain saturation we’ve had here the last few days and then an anticipated 2-3 more inches of rain expected on top of that. The northeast winds, which are the complete opposite direction of our normal wind pattern, at 30-40 mile per hour winds with 60 mile per hour gusts, could bring down tress and powerlines.”

Here is a link to the most up-to-date information from the National Hurricane Center.

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