NY weather: Prepare for strong thunderstorms in Sullivan County Wednesday night

A report was issued from the National Weather Service on Wednesday at 10:14 p.m. for strong thunderstorms until 11 p.m. for Sullivan County.

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A report was issued from the National Weather Service on Wednesday at 10:14 p.m. for strong thunderstorms until 11 p.

m. for Sullivan County. Residents may experience wind gusts of up to 40 mph.



"At 10:14 p.m., Doppler radar tracked a strong thunderstorm near Rutledgedale, or 10 miles north of Honesdale, moving northeast at 15 mph," states the weather service.

"Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects." Locations impacted by the alert include Callicoon, Fremont, Equinunk, Stalker, Hortonville, Hankins, Abrahamsville, North Branch, Lookout and Rileyville. The weather service comments, "If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.

" Lightning strikes the United States approximately 25 million times each year, with the bulk of these electrical discharges occurring during the summer months. Tragically, lightning claims the lives of about 20 individuals annually, as reported by the weather service. The risk of lightning-related incidents escalates as thunderstorms draw near, reaching its peak when the storm directly looms overhead.

However, it gradually recedes as the tempest moves away. To protect yourself during a thunderstorm, take these recommendations into consideration: Lightning safety plan: Indoors safety measures: Wait for the all-clear: When indoor shelter isn't available: If you find yourself outdoors with no access to indoor she.