The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Wind Warning, which is in effect from 10 a.m. to midnight April 4 for the entire Twin Tiers Region.

Officials are projecting winds out of the West at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 60.  The strongest winds and most frequent gusts are expected to occur in the afternoon, and into the evening hours.

Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines.

Wind advisories are issued when sustained wind speeds of at greater than 30 mph and/or wind gusts over 45 mph are expected. Winds of this magnitude could cause minor damage to trees, power lines and weaker structures. Persons in the advisory area should secure all loose objects. If you are traveling through the advisory area keep a firm grip on the wheel, especially for those driving high profile vehicles.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

New York State Electric and Gas is bracing for the possibility of downed power lines in the region as the National Weather Service has issued the high Wind Warning for much of New York and Northern and Central Pennsylvania.  NYSEG’s parent company AVANGRID says they preparing resources in all service areas statewide.  The strongest winds are expected along the shores of the Great Lakes in Western New York and many resources are concentrated there.

AVANGRID says people should contact neighbors if their lights go out to see if the problem is just a tripped breaker or a more wide-spread outage.

To report an interruption, call NYSEG at 1-800-572-1131.

NYSEG says if the power goes out, turn off major appliances, don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat the home, never use outdoor grills or stoves inside and never approach any wire that is down.  It should be assumed that any wire could be a live power line.