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.