Storms cause damage in Niagara-Orleans counties

NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A lot of people are cleaning up Wednesday morning, following a night of severe storms.

Strong wind gusts downed some trees, tree limbs and power lines resulting in scattered power outages across Niagara and Orleans counties. There were also several reports of downed trees across Genesee County, at Cassadaga and at Belmont.

PHOTOS | Storm damage

One man in Wilson says the storm struck with plenty of force.

Lennie Powell said, “Rain was just barreling down, the wind was actually just blowing the trees over. It was like weird it pushed them all the way over.”

Powell and his son were riding around to check out the storm damage, and they saw several downed trees first hand. He said the storm blowing across the lake looked very intense.

Albion Central Schools closed Wednesday in Orleans County.

According to the Wednesday morning’s 4 Warn Weather Forecast, after a rough evening across the region things have settled down quite nicely, however a new round of scattered showers and thunderstorms will fire up Wednesday. The western New York southern tier and northern tier of Pennsylvania will still be at a slight risk of severe thunderstorms with the primary threats being potentially damaging wind gusts and large hail. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue overnight mainly south of the city, and a few rain showers into Thursday morning. The showers should end by Thursday afternoon with clearing advancing from north to south across the region for the afternoon.

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