Severe Storms

Another Night Of Severe Weather

May 26, 2011 Updated May 27, 2011 at 7:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 26, 2011 Updated May 27, 2011 at 7:12 AM EDT

Thursday brought another wild night of weather to Western New York, especially in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties as monitored by meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski in the Channel 7 AccuWeather lab.

The Southern Tier is already soaked, but fast moving storms that moved in early Thursday night added more weather woes.

Advisories turned to warnings quickly as storms moved up the lake, from Potter County in Northern Pennsylvania, into New York State.

The most significant weather events happened just after 5p.m. when tornado warnings were posted for Chautauqua then Northern Cattaraugus Counties.

A tornado warning is an alert issued by government weather services to warn an area that a tornado may be imminent. It can be issued after either a tornado or funnel cloud has already been spotted, or if there are radar indications that a tornado may be possible.

Eyewitness News kept viewers informed, and was the only Buffalo television station to talk live with Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards and a Gowanda Fire Chief about events as they were happening in the Southern Tier, with important safety information.

Here is the latest weather information moving into Friday.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT. A FEW OF THESE STORMS MAY CONTAIN WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH...SMALL HAIL...AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH MAY RESULT IN MINOR FLOODING IN LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.