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Rochester, Albany, Syracuse to Face Elevated Storm Risk Saturday

The National Weather Service has elevated the severe weather risk for the central New York area for July 6. Most of the country will face a thunderstorm risk, the lowest outlook grade for severe weather. Mid-state counties in New York, however, have been upgraded to a "slight" risk for severe storms.

Thunderstorms will move across the state, with the greatest threat for areas from Rochester to Albany being high, potentially damaging, winds. Some gusts may even exceed 60 mph. The risk for hail will also be present.

While the possibility for tornadoes is low, it will be important to immediately heed any and all watches or warnings that are issued. Local residents should also take care to avoid windows during severe storms that produce such high winds to avoid any injury from potential flying debris.

Strong heating over the state could cause the severe weather as an upper ridge flows over the region. AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said the highest threat will be in the afternoon and evening hours when temperatures are at their highest.