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…HIGH WIND WARNING for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee Counties from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM Sunday, and beginning at 2:00 am in Chautauqua County…
…FLOOD WATCH for McKean, Potter counties until 7:00 PM Sunday. The combination of rain and warm temperatures causing snow melt may result in localized flooding…
A strengthening storm system will bring quickly changing weather to WNY overnight into early Sunday. A warm front lifts into the region late tonight, spreading soaking rain from south to north after midnight. A few rumbles of thunder will be possible overnight as a strong wind quickly intensifies. High wind gusts across much of WNY Sunday morning may reach damaging levels of 50-60mph. This may be problematic, particularly for any shallow-rooted trees especially given the recent rain and warmth leading to soft soil conditions. Some power outages will also be possible. A cold front moves through in the mid-morning towards noon with a final round of showers and thunderstorms. The wind will diminish later in the day as the rain pushes off to the east and some sunshine returns to end the day. We will get a quick hit of much warmer air early , 55-60°, before turning cooler by late in the day.
Much quieter weather is on tap early in the week. Plenty of sunshine returns Monday with above-average temperatures continuing largely in the 40s and some 50s. Dry weather should hold on for the first half of the week with clouds returning Wednesday ahead of a late-week storm that will bring another round of rain Thursday, possibly ending as snow Friday.
TONIGHT: Mostly Cloudy, Soaking rain develops overnight from South to North. Possible thunderstorm overnight, Becoming Very Windy by Morning, some damaging winds overnight possible towards Chautauqua County. Rising temperatures overnight, Wind: ESE 10-20 G40, Low: 35-41.
SUNDAY: Strong, Possibly Damaging Wind Gusts, Rainy for the morning, tapering off for the afternoon, a few rumbles of thunder possible early, Skies Clearing and turning cooler late. Winds: SSW 20-30 Gusts 50-60mph. High: 53-58, Low: 33.
MONDAY: Plenty of Sunshine, Breezy, High: 44, Low: 31.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, Mild, Breezy, High: 50, Low: 37.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 52, Increasing Clouds, Chance of a shower developing late, Low: 38.
THURSDAY: Rain Likely, Breezy, High: 51, Low: 37.
FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Rain changing to Snow Showers Possible, High: 41, Low: 31.
SATURDAY: Partly Cloudy, Lingering snow shower possible, High: 40.
CHEEKTOWAGA,, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cheektowaga Town Councilman Jim Rogowski was arrested Friday night following a domestic incident that occurred on Orchard Park Road in the Town of West Seneca.
The incident occurred around 6 p.m.
Cheektowaga Police picked Rogowski up at a Cheektowaga around 8 p.m. at the request of West Seneca Police.
He was charged with first degree criminal contempt and second degree menacing.
He will be held in custody awaiting arraignment.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo Police are looking into an overnight shooting where a woman was taken to ECMC by a civilian vehicle after reportedly being shot at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
Investigators began looking into it after speaking with the woman at the hospital.
They’re investigating if the incident occurred in the vicinity of Fillmore Avenue and Best Street.
The victim has been treated and released from ECMC.
Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A West Side community will see some major changes this spring. People have concerns about drivers speeding through their neighborhood. Now, new rubber speed humps will be installed in the area to make sure drivers slow down.
Elliott Velazquez says he sees it all the time in his West Side neighborhood. Drivers speeding down Busti Avenue or even flying through the stop sign on the corner. He hopes new speed humps will finally get drivers to slow down.
“I was happy and I was just, running back to the neighbors and telling this this is going to happen, it’s finally going to happen,” said Elliott Velazquez, who’s been fighting for something to be done.
Busti Avenue is one of several streets in the city that will get temporary speed humps. It’s part of the mayor’s ‘Neighborhood Traffic Calming program. These rubber humps, are just that, not as high as speed bumps, but they’re to help drivers slow down.
According to the city’s website, “they’re more gradual then speed bumps, which are commonly seen in parking lots or private streets.”
“Anything is better than nothing because of the cars that speed. Even in the winter they still sped through it despite the icy road conditions,” said Velazquez.
Velazquez says this is all thanks to the Hispanic Heritage Council which worked with city’s Public Works department after hearing the community’s concerns. The speed humps will be put in starting this spring along with speed reading signs.
“Once it comes in you know people will get the notion, okay we got to slow down on this strip. It’ll be safer for the kids in the neighborhood,” said Velazquez.
His neighbor and student 9-year-old Shamsan Fadel was struck and killed at this intersection while riding his bike last fall.
“That would be the best memorial to remember Shamsan with, is with all these safety pieces put into place for our kids to play safely in this neighborhood,” said Velazquez.
The chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Council tells News 4 that the goal is to hopefully add school crossing signs in the area because Public School 3 is around the corner.
The speed humps are supposed to allow the city to observe traffic in a specific area. Once they’re removed, there could be police enforcement instead.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some neighbors in Niagara Falls are on edge after a gunman opened fire, hitting a home Thursday evening.
Niagara Falls Police say someone shot at a house in the 600 block of 22nd Street multiple times with a shot gun around 10 pm.
Several bullet holes could be seen from the front of the home.
“Officers were able to locate a home that had been shot multiple times, sustaining damage throughout the house as a result of the shots,” said Lt. John Conti, Niagara Falls Police Department.
Authorities told News 4, several children were home when the shots were fired, but the parents were not home. No one was hurt.
Police believe the home was targeted.
“It’s certainly suggesting to me that this is an intended shooting, it wasn’t just something random,” said Lt. Conti.
Lt. Conti says this isn’t the first time the house was targeted. He says in December of 2016, the next door neighbor’s house was struck by multiple gunshots, but the shooter aimed at the wrong house. Two men were arrested for that incident.
Police are still looking for Thursday’s gunman, they say they don’t have any suspects at this time.
Neighbors living on 22nd Street say they heard the gunshots and are concerned for their safety.
“I heard about six gunshots and a lot of yelling. I saw the kids in the window, didn’t see anybody, didn’t hear anything else after that. It’s very common especially at that house. That could have happened at my house, my house could’ve got shot up on accident because they made a mistake before,” said one woman who lives near the targeted home.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Niagara Falls Police Department at (716) 286-4547.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cheektowaga Police are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to consider changes, with a new scam becoming more and more popular. It involves a change of address form.
Assistant Chief Jim Speyer says scammers are using post office forms to fraudulently change the address of some people.
“We’ve had three in the past two months right here in Cheektowaga,” Speyer said.
Once that’s done, Speyer says scammers open credit cards or loans in the victim’s name. He noted in the case of the three Cheektowaga residents, that doesn’t appear to have happened yet.
“The post office, their process is there to make it easier for the customers, of course,” Speyer explained. “But in exchange for that, we’re losing some security.”
According to postal officials, an address can be changed by mail or over the internet. If done by mail, no ID is required. A confirmation letter is then mailed to your old and new address. But, if done online, you need a credit card to verify that the names match.
“We are continuously implementing security enhancements, though not seen by the general public, to enhance the security of our change of address process,” USPS spokesperson Karen Mazurkiewicz said. “We continue to assess these options, as we determine the best alternatives to protect the needs of our customers.”
Speyer is now urging postal officials to do just that.
“Maybe the post office needs to look at that,” he said. “Maybe there should be some kind of proof that needs to be offered, or at least some type of layering or target hardening when it comes to that. It is going to be a problem.”
Both Speyer and Mazurkiewicz say if you don’t receive mail delivery for more than one or two days, you should contact the post office and local law enforcement.
Mazurkiewicz also notes customers can sign up for the “Informed Delivery” service, in which you can digitally preview mail before it is delivered.
NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Newfane high school student was detained after allegedly making threats in the hallway Friday morning.
In a letter posted on the Newfane Central School District website Friday morning, Newfane High School principal Dan Bedette said that another student overheard the conversation and reported it to school officials. The student who allegedly made the comments was immediately removed from the hallway and detained in the office for questioning.
Investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office were notified and the student’s guardian was contacted immediately.
Law enforcement officials visited the student’s home as part of the investigation.
The student who allegedly made the threat is currently not in school, and the incident isn’t connected to any prior incidents, Bedette said.
“The safety of our students and staff is paramount,” he said in the letter. “We have safety protocols in place and work very closely with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department. For students, reporting suspicious activities or disturbing information to a trusted adult is essential.”
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