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Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for WNY counties after tornado warning

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for numerous Western New York counties, following a tornado warning for Southern Erie and Wyoming Counties on Monday morning. The severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Northwestern Ontario, Northern Livingston, Northeastern Genesee, Wayne, East Central Wyoming, and Southern Monroe Counties until 12:15 p.m. Doppler radar indicates the thunderstorm is capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

At 10:55 a.m., Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. The tornado warning lasted through 11:15 a.m. The dangerous storm was located near Chaffee, or 13 miles southeast of East Aurora, moving northeast at 45 miles per hour. At last check it was located near Springville, about 12 miles south of Hamburg.

Locations impacted included Warsaw, Varysburg, Holland, Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Hermitage, and Orangeville Center.

Residents in the “warning” area were advised to take cover by moving into a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, and avoid windows. Those in mobile homes or outdoors were directed to move to the closest substantial shelter to protect from flying debris.