The National Weather Service has upgraded the high wind watch to a high wind warning, which is usually done as we get closer to a weather event.
The high wind warning is for much of Western and Central NY, and it is in effect from 11:00 a.m. Monday through Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with north to northeast winds of 30 to 45 mph, and gusts of up to 65 mph possible. The strongest winds will be along the lakeshore and also across higher terrain.
The weather service has also issued a flood watch for much of Western and Central New York including the Rochester area.
It is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, with the potential of 2 to 3 inches of rain during that time. That will be falling on ground that is already saturated, so there is the possibility of minor flooding in places, especially in low lying and poor drainage areas.
This could result in trees and power lines downed. Make sure you have a supply of flashlights, batteries and a radio, and stay tuned to WHAM 1180 for updates.
The Red Cross also advises you always have an emergency kit with a 3-day supply of food and water on hand