Lake Erie gale force winds alarm New Yorkers

Western New York residents slammed with winds over 60 mph and braced for possible flooding off Lake Erie.

New York personal injury lawyers-Gale force winds off Lake Erie prompted severe weather alert to Western New York residents.

New York personal injury lawyers call to action all Western New Yorkers to be prepared before a flood strikes. With winds howling off Lake Erie reaching gusts to 60 mph Western New Yorkers braced for the possibility of flooding along lakeshore areas as reported by The Buffalo News on Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning for Wednesday morning, October 7, 2009, in anticipation of gale force winds to the area. The residents of Western New York escaped with no floods but the area suffered uprooted trees, downed electrical wires, and some structural damage remained after sustained winds of 30-35 mph blew all morning on Wednesday.

The lane of southwest Route 5, which runs closest to Lake Erie, was closed by local police authorities from 8 a.m. to noon. Since the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga clocked winds up to 52 mph and the Buffalo Coast Guard Station recorded winds to 62 mph, the wind advisory remained in effect until 4 p.m. Some 5,000 homes in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties were without power plus nearly 1,300 in Erie County.

According to the National Weather Sevice, some 5,000 floods strike U.S. Communities every year and rapidly rising waters can flood an area in minutes. Residents in Western New York are reminded of how to be safe during a flood:

-Follow all official instructions during flood warning
-Don’t walk through a flooded area (6 inches of moving water can knock you down)
-Don’t drive through a flooded area (Just 2 feet of water can lift and move a car or SUV)
-Steer clear of downed power lines and any other electrical wires.
-Stay alert for animals who have lost their homes during a flood. Scared animals seeking shelter can be aggressive

The United States suffers some of the most severe weather on earth every year. Residents across the country navigate an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes plus 2 land falling deadly hurricanes every year. New Yorkers need stay alert, aware, and prepared. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else in a flood. People also need to know the risk of electrocution is extremely high and is the another leading cause of death during and after a flood. New York personal injury lawyers are urging all residents to stay informed and take simple safety suggestions and measures.

New York personal injury lawyer education by legal news reporter Heather L. Ryan.

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Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.