Winds topple gas station canopy in Batavia

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Strong winds left behind damage across parts of Western New York overnight, and one sight in particular had a lot of people stopping to take pictures Thursday morning: a gas station canopy toppled over sideways by a strong gust.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Sunoco on West Main Street.

“I just heard a boom sound,” said the owner of the gas station, Tamirat Tsig. “I’d seen the wind was wiggling it, but I was hoping nothing was going to happen.”

I was turned around, I heard some noises, and turned around,” he added. “I didn’t even know what happened.”

In the light of day Thursday, it looks like the center support column broke at the base, sending the canopy over sideways onto a gas pump.

Fortunately, no one was pumping gas their at the time. Unfortunately, it may be some time before anyone can pump their gas their again. Tsig said he’d already contacted someone about repairing the damage, but did not know how long those repairs could take.

In the meantime, Tsig said he was hoping to keep the store at his gas station open for customers.

He says one customer was inside the store when the canopy blew over. No one was hurt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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