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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Erie County, western Genesee County and northwestern Wyoming County until 4:45 p.m. this afternoon.

At 4:05 p.m. the weather service detected a thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph located near Orchard Park and Hamburg moving northeast at 35 mph.

The storm was expected to pass through Elma, Marilla, Alden and Darien. Meteorologists said people in the storm’s path should move to a shelter inside a strong building away from windows.