BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Harsh winds, gusting up to 60 miles per hour in certain locations crumpled trees and flooded roadways with water in western New York on Thursday.
Officials in Hamburg closed Route 5 in both directions at roughly 3:30 p.m. due to flooding in the roadway. The road could be closed for up to 10 hours. The National Weather Service warned of lakeshore flooding due to potentially high winds.
High Wind Warnings for nearly all of western New York confirmed there would be rough winds, but residents may not have been prepared for the damage to follow. Dozens of trees collapsed and emergency crews responded to reopen closed roads.
The wind and waves also forced police to close LaSalle Park and the Erie Basin Marina in the City of buffalo. Police are urging citizens to exercise caution.
In Dunkirk, Lake Front Boulevard was closed for the duration of the storm due to waves and water in the roadway.
In Amherst, police reported traffic lights as losing power and also urged their residents to drive safely. Over 4,500 customers in western New York were without power due to the whipping winds.
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