Car Flattened By Large Tree in Lockport
Tree Falls on Niagara Falls home. (4/28/11)
Tree Down in Lockport(4/28/11)
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BUFFALO, NY -- Yesterday's cold front has brought strong winds across WNY, especially in Niagara County.
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As of 1:33 pm Friday, there are still thousands without power in Niagara County and Orleans County. There are some scattered power outages throught the remaining parts of WNY.
National Grid Customers:
- Niagara County: 5,312
- Orleans County: 2,246
- Erie County: 142
Most of NYSEG's outages have been resolved, with only about 250 remaining in Niagara County as of Friday afternoon.
The power companies have brought up crews from Pennsylvania to the Lockport area on Friday to help with restoration. They hope power will be back by later this evening.
In the meantime, some streets are still shut off so crews can get their work done quickly.
Link to Power Outage Map from National Grid Below
Throughout Thursday, temperatures will drop through the 50s with wind gusts from the southwest better than 50mph at times.
The peak wind gust received has been 83mph recorded at the Niagara Falls International Airport at 10:15am. While Niagara County has received the highest gusts, strong winds have produced gusts between 50mph - 60mph throughout the region.
Weather records for wind gusts at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport indicate the maximum wind gust ever reported at that location has been 92mph.
Sustained winds within a tropical storm are rated between 39mph - 73mph and become hurricane strength from 74mph - 95mph. A level EF1 tornado contains winds between 86-110mph.
Lots Of Damage In Niagara Falls:
In the Cataract City, where the highest gust of the wind storm was recorded at 83 MPH, City Administrator Donna Owens reports that roughly 50 trees were toppled. Owens tells WGRZ city crews using pay loaders were expected to be working well into the overnight hours to clean up limbs and branches.
"It's chaos everywhere we go," said Bill Bilson a member of the city's forestry department, who believes the wind wasn't solely to blame for the number of felled trees...not when you think about just rain we've had lately.
"The ground is really moist and that's probably, along with this high wind, a big factor in why a lot of trees have blown over," Bilson said.
The city's Chief Code Inspector Dennis Virtuoso said at least two homes were being condemned after suffering heavy wind damage, including an abandoned home at the corner of 27th and Falls Streets which was scheduled to undergo an emergency demolition.
Click on the video player to watch our report from the Falls from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalists Ben Read and Terry Belke.
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