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…The Storm Prediction Center has all of the region in a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon…
** Beach hazards for all beaches in Erie and Chautauqua counties Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.**
Tonight, clouds are going to be on the increase. Gradually you’ll see skies turn mostly cloudy and by late evening and very early morning of Tuesday some of those clouds could produce a few showers and storms. This will take place mainly on the farthest western edge of Western New York. Winds will stay light but temperatures will remain in the 70s. Humidity will increase so tonight will most definitely be an uncomfortable, tropical feeling one.
A strong cold front will move through our region late on Tuesday. But ahead of the front is when the intense thunderstorms and severe weather are possible. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will first develop by mid-late Tuesday afternoon. Heavy downpours, and potentially strong damaging winds will accompany these storms. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted all of the region for a slight risk of severe thunderstorms. A gusty southwest wind off the eastern end of Lake Erie may keep some of the heaviest south and east of Buffalo. By evening and when the actual front moves through, a few lingering showers will remain but overall conditions are expected to dry out.
Wednesday, clouds give way to increasing sun but it will be noticeably cooler and less humid. The cool, but fair weather trend continues for the most part through week’s end aside from a chance of a few showers on Thursday.
TONIGHT: Turning Mostly Cloudy Overnight, Mild, Muggy, Low: 68-74, Wind: S 5-10
TUESDAY: Windy, Warm, and Muggy, Breaks of Sun Early, Thunderstorms develop in the Afternoon, some may be strong to severe with damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours. somewhat greater chance of intense storms south and east of Buffalo, High: 81, Wind: SW 15-25 G35, Low: 60
WEDNESDAY: Becoming Mostly Sunny, Noticeably Cooler, Less Humid, High: 72, Low: 56
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, Slight Chance of a Shower, High: 69, Low: 53
FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny. High: 70, Low: 53
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 71, Low: 55
SUNDAY: Sunny, High: 73, Low: 62
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo didn’t fall into the path of totality during Monday’s solar eclipse, but that didn’t stop crowds from coming out and enjoying the rare event.
The planetarium at Buffalo State College was packed with more than a thousand people for the event. Some of them showed up before 9 a.m.
Buff State was designated as an official eclipse viewing site by NASA. The maximum eclipse was just over 72 percent.
The eclipse was the first to cross the continental U.S. in nearly 100 years. The last eclipse to cross the U.S. coast to coast occurred in 1918.
The solar event started today in Washington and ended just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina. Dozens of cities across the country in the 70-mile wide “path of totality” were briefly plunged into darkness as the moon crossed in front of the sun. Temperatures in some areas dropped by as much as 12 degrees.
The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will be April 8, 2024. Western New York will be in the path of totality.
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say 33 people have been injured in a train crash at a station in suburban Philadelphia.
A spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Heather Redfern says an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby.
Redfern says 33 people aboard the train were injured.
In an early morning briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said the victims were taken to area hospitals. He says at least four people suffered serious injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Cheektowaga police are investigating a homicide on Sierra Dr.
Police say the victim was a woman in her 30s.
News 4 will have more information as soon as it is available.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administrating is taking a hard stance with the Seneca Nation over casino revenue payments.
Five months ago, the Seneca Nation announced they would no longer pay the state more than $100 million a year. The Nation argues the contract signed with the state in 2002 only required the payments for 14 years.
On Monday, Gov. Cuomo’s office said if the Seneca Nation does not resume payments, the state will consider allowing a non-Seneca casino to be built in Niagara Falls.
“The Governor is turning to threats against the thousands of local jobs the Seneca Nation’s gaming operations have created in Western New York,” said Phil Pantano, a spokesperson for the Nation in a statement.
He went on to say, “..for his part, President Gates has expressed his willingness to have such a meeting, time and again, for five months. For the state, public insults, canceled meetings and threats seem to win out over productive dialogue.”
President Gates said Monday night that Governor Cuomo has cancelled two meetings in the past few months.
“Obviously we would prefer a situation where there was a negotiated settlement, we want to be good neighbors to the Senecas,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
He said, however, he believes Gov. Cuomo has the city’s best interest at heart.
“As it stands right now I think these discussions are at a very difficult point and I suspect they could break in one direction or another here in the short term,” said Dyster. ““With the hardline position seeming to dominate on the Seneca side there was always the possibility the state would play this card.”
The Seneca have paid the state an estimated $1.4 billion since 2002, according to the Nation.
The state, in turn, sends millions of dollars back to the cities of Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo.
According to Dyster, the city’s 2017 budget included $11 million of casino revenue.
“The City of Niagara Falls is standing to lose the most of everybody here,” said Kenny Tompkins, a city councilmember. “The Governor needs to quit grandstanding and the Governor needs to sit down and negotiate.”
He said he’s frustrated the city is caught in-between the two sides.
“Our Governor is very much letting the citizens of Niagara Falls, Salamanca, and Buffalo down by not taking an aggressive stance and meeting with these people and seeing what they need,” said Tompkins. “Let’s get it straightened out.”
On Monday, Gov. Cuomo cancelled a meeting planned for Tuesday with the Seneca Nation.
His counsel said in a statement it would be inappropriate to meet while an investigation is underway over accusations the Nation eavesdropped on state gaming officials. The Erie County District Attorney is investigating the claims.
Seneca Nation President Gates released a statement in response saying it is an unrelated issue that is a year old and shouldn’t prevent the two sides from meeting.
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County officials say West Nile Virus was identified in a mosquito pool in Amherst.
Surveillance routinely occurs during the warmer months of the year, officials say.
“We have not had a confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Erie County since October 2012 and we want to ensure it stays that way,” Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health, said. “I want to remind residents how to minimize exposure to mosquitoes: limit outdoor activities at times of high mosquito activity (dusk and dawn), cover as much as skin as possible with clothing when going outdoors and use an effective insect repellant that contains 25-30% DEET on exposed skin. These same precautionary measures will also help protect people from other insect-borne diseases.”
The disease is transmitted through mosquito bites, and there are no medications or vaccines to prevent the virus.
Roughly one out of every five people who are infected with the virus will develop a fever and show other symptoms. Less than one percent of those infected with it will develop a potentially fatal neurological illness.
Here are some ways the county’s Department of Health says you can reduce the chance of getting infected:
GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Rope rescue team, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency crews searched for hours on Sunday for a family of four after a hiker reported discovering bodies in Zoar Valley.
The hiker called authorities Sunday afternoon after discovering several bodies on the gorge floor. The hiker stayed on the phone with dispatch and was able to describe the location so emergency crews could locate the victims.
Air One rescued 4-year-old Alexander Green and flew him to the Mercy Flight on stand by. He was then flown to Women and Children’s Hospital with critical injuries. As of Sunday night, he is in guarded condition at the hospital. The Sheriff’s office says he suffered internal injuries, multiple fractures and a head injury.
The victim’s parents, 35-year-old Amanda Green and 33-year-old William Green were deceased and lying next to him in the same area on the gorge floor.
Sheriff Howard told reporters during a news conference on Sunday evening that the search continued after the three were located because a pair of sneakers were found in the area. Howard said the shoes were too big for the 4 year-old that was rescued and this suggested there was another child not yet found.
The fourth victim, 7-year-old Jacob Green, was able to walk out to a paramedic searching the area and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. He is in good condition, but suffered a broken right arm and ankle.
Officals say they don’t know yet what caused the accident. The family was found on the edge of a cliff a couple feet above the water.
Sheriff Howard told News 4 the family was found in the highest and steepest area at Zoar Valley.
The accident is still under investigation.
BlueCross BlueShield released a statement on Amanda’s death:
“Amanda Green was a beloved employee at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. We are assisting the family through this difficult time and are distributing the following statement on their behalf.”
A statement from the victims’ family was also released:
“We are grateful for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from the Western New York community. This tragic event has left us with empty hearts and without words.
While the details of yesterday are still being discovered, we want to remember Amanda and William’s legacy as two parents that loved their children dearly. Our family would like to thank the first responders including Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Flight, as well as the dedicated staff at Women and Children’s Hospital for their courageous and caring efforts.
At this time, we are focused on Amanda and William’s two little boys and will share additional information at the appropriate time.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sunday night ESPN’s Jim Tortter announced on twitter that Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin is retiring.
Boldin signed with Buffalo on August 7th, after contemplating retirement. His stint with the Bills lasted just 13 days. In a preseason game against Philadelphia, Boldin cought one pass for five yards. According to News 4 sports director Josh Reed, Boldin was seen at the Bills facility Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park, but did not practice with the team. He was not listed on the injury report.
The 36-year old began his career in 2003 and is a 3-time Pro Bowler.
Boldin released a statement via Trotter:
Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation. People from all difference races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. The core values taught in football are some of the most important you can learn in life. To always be there for the guy next to you and not let your fellow man down. You do whatever it takes to make sure your brother is OK.
Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work. At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life’s purpose is bigger than football.
An hour later the Bills confirmed the news that Boldin was leaving the team with a quote from General Manager Brandon Beane.