BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) - Some Western New Yorkers continue to clear away debris left by Saturday's late summer storm.
One day after a powerful storm pounded part of Buffalo's West side, crews were busy cleaning up on Connecticut Avenue where they filled dumpsters with the aftermath.
A resident of the area, Nicole Sampman was forced from her home when the storm hit. She says, "I'm glad that me and my son and unborn child are okay and that we didn't get hurt. By the time we all got home, we were all soaking wet."
Sampman's family was allowed back inside later Saturday, but that was not the case for everyone.
Witnesses say they saw a funnel cloud touch down. One witness we spoke with, Kelly Lepage says, "I saw something bright come down in a circle and went back up in two seconds and everything was everywhere."
The national weather service was there getting a firsthand look at what happened. They say this west side storm was a microburst.
4 warn meteorologist Bryan Shaw described a microburst as, "It shoots down, hits the ground or a building, shoots outward so you get 60-70 mph winds. 60-70 mph winds whether they're straight or swirling, they're still 60-70 mph winds and they're still going to do a lot of damage."
Shaw explains a microburst typically affects an isolated area, but the damage he says could be similar to that of a tornado.
The amount of damage was evident by the amount of re-construction many are working on Sunday, and will be for quite some time.
Mike Battista, the owner of M & B Construction says, It's just another day, this is what we do, you know? Roof come off- it's just like if we were to tear it off. Mother nature did half the work for us."
For the rest of the West side neighborhood, this is the calm after the storm.
Check out News 4's, photo gallery to see more during and after photos of the wreckage.
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