The National Weather Service has issued an alert for beaches in portions of New York State as heavy storms are predicted for Thursday.

The humidity was making for ideal conditions this week for storms and heavy rains to move through from Buffalo to Albany.

If you live near a lake or beach, be prepared for dangerous and changing conditions.


* WHAT...Strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.

* WHERE...Beaches of Erie and Chautauqua counties.

* WHEN...Through this afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.

The storms will be scattered Thursday.

The heat is also making fire danger reach higher levels.

parents should be aware of the possible fire dangers within the home.

According to a report from Erie County Blotter Facebook page:

Clarence Center FD
Report of a hoverboard on fire
Lapp rd.
Caller states the hoverboard has been removed from the house, has damage to the floor and smoke in the house.
Holding with Engine 1 for ventilation. Fire was out on arrival, appliance removed from the structure.

The owner of the home in which the fire started stated that:

It was my home. It was charging on my kitchen floor. I suggest if you have a hover board to dispose of it. Luckily I was home when I heard a pop and saw smoke in my kitchen and realized it was coming from the hover board.

This is not a rare thing here in New York State. Other fires, some more destructive, have been caused by the chargers on hoverboards.

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