Hang on to your hats today...and your boats. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and a Gale Warning for Lake Ontario. Strong winds could cause 10 to 15 foot waves on Lake Ontario.

The Gale Warning is in effect from 8am until 11pm Wednesday. Winds to 35 knots and waves of 10 to 14 feet are expected on Lake Ontario from Mexico Bay to the Saint Lawrence River. The strong winds will cause hazardous waves which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

Boaters are advised to remain in port and secure all boats.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 10am to 8pm in central New York. 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph is expected with the highest gusts in the Finger Lakes.

Scattered strong to even isolated severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon as well. A few storms may bring small hail.

Keep Up-To-Date

Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.

*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.

*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.

*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

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