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Thunderstorms could bring power outages, downed trees this evening

July 8, 2014
By PETER CROWLEY ( , Lake Placid News

A line of thunderstorms is expected to bring strong winds to the Adirondacks, as well as rain and lightning, between 6 and 8 p.m. today.

Wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour could knock down trees and power lines, said Greg Hanson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Burlington, Vermont, office. The Tri-Lakes area seems to be in the middle of the storms' current path.

Hanson said the NWS advisory not yet at the level of a thunderstorm warning.

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Thunderstorms seen on this National Weather Service image from 5:02 p.m. are on track to blow through the Adirondacks this evening.

"This is just a pre-heads-up that this is coming in," he said.

There have, however, been warnings of storm-related damage in western New York, where the storms have been crossing, Hanson said. He said the NWS expects the storms to move into the St. Lawrence Valley around 5:30 p.m. and across the Adirondacks from 6 to 8, arriving in the Champlain Valley around 8:30 or 9.

Wind is likely to most damaging aspect of these storms, Hanson said, although rain and lightning could also cause problems.

He advised people to move loose items like trash bins and lawn chairs indoors and then head inside themselves.

"When thunder roars, head indoors," he said. "Stay away from windows. There's potential in those kinds of storms for windows to shatter and break."



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