Sting Jet Could Bring Extreme Winds Sunday

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WESTERN NEW YORK – A phenomenon called a Sting Jet will sweep across Western New York this afternoon and most likely bring very strong winds with it.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo said a Sting Jet is an area of enhanced winds within a powerful storm.

A cloud structure forms due to the high winds and taking the appearance of a scorpion’s tale thus receiving the name sting jet.

As of 1 p.m. the Sting Jet was over the Western end of Lake Erie and the NWS expects it to move over Western New York between 3 and 6 p.m. which could allow the winds to grow even stronger.

In many cases a Sting Jet contains the most damaging winds of a storm, which can reach speeds of more than 100 mph.

Wind gusts have already topped 60 mph in areas near Buffalo as of 2 p.m. with he strongest winds yet to come this afternoon.

WNYNewsNow Chief Forecaster Dakota Hunter contributed to this report.

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