BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - People in the nation's midsection are watching the sky Wednesday for severe weather, including tornadoes. Closer to western New York, the damage is already done near Erie, Pennsylvania. In Buffalo, we saw the early morning remnants of the storm.
The included cell phone video near Erie, Pennsylvania shows the frightening ordeal that many had to deal with. According to our affiliate WSEE, a woman shot the footage from her kitchen and posted the video on Facebook.
Union City, which is 22 miles south of Erie, was one of the hardest hit areas. Heavy rains and gusting winds started Tuesday and lasted through Wednesday night.
Meterologists from the Nation Weather Service are traveling to the area Wednesday to asses the damage and confirm the possible tornado.
Pennsylvania State Police say a man was killed after crashing his motorcycle into one of the several downed trees in the area. Some areas have been without power for days. The American Red Cross has opened up a shelter to help those affected.
When the storm travelled east, toward the Pennsylvania - New York state line, several trees toppled in the town of Youngsville. Bradford and McKean County also saw heavy wind damage.
According to the Chataqua County Sheriff's Office, trees were down in Poland, Ellerie, and Arkwright, but there was no significant damage. There were also issues of flooding early Wednesday morning for both Western New York and northern Pennsylvania.
People in Jamestown reported flash flooding, and so did residents of East Randolph and New Albion. Large trees were reported down in locations such as the Chautauqua Institute and Kennedy.
The good news is that the weather should ease at least through Thursday. But the risk of more thunder storms and rain is lookming for the weekend forecast.
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