Storms expected to miss local area

An unusually massive line of storms producing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds has slowly been advancing from the Midwest since Wednesday, but it is not expected to hit the northern Chautauqua County region.

“It looks like the heaviest rain is going to be staying more to the south,” a representative from the National Weather Service in Buffalo said Wednesday evening. “Farther up to the north [of the county] could see up to a third or a half an inch of rain.”

According to the Associated Press, meteorologists have warned that the storm could affect one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland. The storms could potentially generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat. There is also a possibility of a weather event called a derecho, which is a storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles.

However, the Dunkirk area, and most of Chautauqua County for that matter, will not see any of that.

“Areas near the border could be getting an inch or so of rain,” the NWS representative said. “But any potential for flooding would be a little bit greater over Pennsylvania and southeastern New York state.”

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