BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Thunderstorms with lightning caused problems for thousands of people Monday morning, mostly in Erie County. As many as 2,000 people lost power in Buffalo and Hamburg, and are still waiting for it to be restored. The power outages are impacting traffic signals as well, and police want drivers to remember to treat any intersections impacted as a four-way stops.
Lightning struck the chimney of the Carmelite Monastery on Carmel Road in Buffalo, between Tacoma Avenue and Hertel Avenue, causing approximately $30,000 in damage, according to the Buffalo Fire Department.
The chimney, which was 94 years old, collapsed due to the lightning strike, and one of the bricks went through the roof, but no one was hurt.
The strike occurred during a chapel service about James and John, the sons of thunder, as part of a homily feast day observance.
A lightning strike on Stephens Court in Lancaster knocked out power there for some residents for a time Monday morning, but no serious damage was reported.
Union Rd. under the Broadway viaduct flooded in Cheektowaga, forcing drivers to find another route. It was closed for a short time before the water drained and police re-opened the road.
Check back for updates on damage and power outages as the storm moves through.