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What happens when you combine high waters and high winds?
You get waves. Sandbags line homes on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in hopes of breaking the waves.
But if winds are strong enough, they'll be fighting a losing battle.
"If we get the 40 to 45 mile an hour gusts they're talking, it could actually do damage to houses tonight," said Chaumont Fire Chief Fred Jackson.
That means the fire department and volunteers will be busy scrambling to protect what they can.
"It puts an extra burden on us because sometimes where we have sandbags, we have to put some more in," said Jackson.
The problem is, when wind picks up, there isn't much that can be done to protect homes.
"All we can do is try to do our best to minimal damage at all property, putting out more sandbags and just hoping for the best," said Jackson.
One piece of good news: the National Weather Service says the winds will be strongest over land, which could reduce the waves on the lake.
But there's still a long way to go before there's any relief from the water.