UPDATE, SUNDAY MORNING: The weather service has reissued the warning and has added one interesting fact: The winds we’ll be seeing will come from the north. “Trees in the area are anchored for prevailing west to southwest winds and are very susceptible to even marginally strong winds from the north.”
As of 11:00 a.m., we’ve seen overcast skies, a little rain and light winds in the Fulton/Oswego area. The storm’s effects are expected to be stronger to the south and east, but the wind advisory covers an area all the way to Rochester.
ORIGINAL POST: Hurricane Irene may just nick us in Oswego County, but she’ll still have an effect on our weather. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory starting at 8:00 a.m. Sunday and running to midnight.
Winds will come from the north at 25 to 35 miles an hour with gusts up to 50 miles an hour.
Winds that are this strong and sustained are likely to cause some property damage and perhaps take down power, phone or cable lines, officials say.
They advise people in “high profile” vehicles, which may catch the wind more than vehicles that are smaller or closer to the ground, to use caution on the roads until winds subside.
During periods of weather-related problems, cell phone lines can become overloaded.
The Federal Communications Commission offers the following advice for using cell phones during an emergency:
Limit non-emergency calls. Ask yourself if the call is absolutely necessary;
When calls will not go through, try text messaging as texts are more likely to get through;
If you are in a car, try making your call when the vehicle is not moving in order to use only one cell relay tower;
And if your call does not go through, wait at least 10 seconds before redialing to give the data from your handset time to clear.
Further north, storm advisories are posted for Lewis County, with up to 4 inches of rain possible there. A flash flood warning is posted for parts of St. Lawrence County.
Hurricane and tornado warnings are posted for New York City and the counties of Long Island and downstate New York. Tropical storm warnings, along with high wind and flood warnings, are posted for the counties of the Catskills, the eastern Adirondacks and part of the Mohawk Valley.
Up to the minute warnings and watches can be found here.