severe thunderstorm warning

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast through this afternoon, with some of the storms producing heavy rain. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch are possible, according to the Weather Service forecast.

Showers are likely to continue tonight and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 and 11 p.m.

A lesser chance of showers and thunderstorms is possible Sunday through Sunday night.

Genesee County was included in a severe thunderstorm warning earlier this afternoon. The heavy downpours reportedly led to flooding of bound the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Thruway near the Pembroke exit. In Batavia, lightning reportedly struck a transformer on Dewey Avenue. The transformer was said to be smoking.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning that includes west-central Genesee County.

The warning is in effect until 3:15 p.m. and also includes eastern Erie County.

At 2:32 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Pembroke, near Darien Lakes State Park, moving northeast at 5 mph, the Weather Service said.

Weather Service radar indicates 60 mph wind gusts.

The Weather Service warned that conditions could cause a tornado to develop and hail of three-quarters of an inch.

Damage was expected to roofs, siding and trees.

Areas to be affected include Pembroke, Akron and Corfu, including Interstate 90 near exit 48A.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the region today, including Wyoming, northern and southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The main threat is heavy rainfall with the potential for localized flooding, the Weather Service said.

At 2:10 p.m. a line of strong thunderstorms was affecting northeastern Wyoming, southwestern Orleans, northeastern Erie, and southeastern Niagara counties. The storms were along a line extending from near Akron to Pavilion, moving northeast at 15 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with the storms.

Locations to be affected include Clarence, Batavia, Darien Lakes State Park, Le Roy, Pembroke, Akron, Alden, Attica, Pavilion, Oakfield, Stafford, Alabama, Covington, Corfu, Elba, Alexander, Wyoming, East Bethany, Bethany Center and Wolcottsville, including Interstate 90 between exits 48A and 47.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Frequent cloud-to-ground-lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast through this afternoon, with some of the storms producing heavy rain. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch are possible, according to the Weather Service forecast.

Showers are likely to continue tonight and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 and 11 p.m.

A lesser chance of showers and thunderstorms is possible Sunday through Sunday night.