A powerful storm system will hit the northeast over the weekend, said forecasters, bringing 60-mph winds to some areas still recovering from previous storms. Though there is a risk of flash flooding, the primary concern is wind.
Western New York is especially vulnerable. With many trees weakened by a snowstorm two weeks ago, high winds may down additional trees in that region. Power outages may occur - an additional hardship for a region just coming off an extended power outage that burdened people financially and psychologically.
New York emergency managers were closely monitoring the storm, and faith-based groups were in close contact with each other.
Gale warnings extend from Maine to Virginia, with gusts along the coast of more than 60 mph possible.
Wind and rain will begin moving into New England Saturday. A northern-moving system will join with a cold front moving southeast from the Great Lakes.
Some parts of the northeast could receive three inches of rain. Flood watches have been posted from West Virginia into New England. High wind watches are in effect from east Maine to Delaware. Much of Pennsylvania and western New York were under high wind watches as well.
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