Overnight thunderstorms cause damage in Orchard Park, East Aurora

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Thunderstorms ripped through parts of Erie County last night. An Orchard Park woman woke up to the loud sounds and discovered two trees on her front lawn snapped in half.

“It just hit the house like a big blast it shook the house and then the lightning started. Then I came to realize the tops were just busted right off the top the two Elm trees,” said Molly Vendura of Orchard Park.

The trees just barely missed her home.

“The tips of the branches are brushing the front of the house on this one and my sons car was parked where we are standing now so it’s a good thing the wind wasn’t coming from the other direction,” said Vendura.
 

In East Aurora crews worked to remove downed trees.

“A lot of trees down, a lot of wires down, sporadic power outages in the area,” said Lieutenant Jack Wolff, East Aurora Police Department.

Strong winds knocked down power lines and trees, making parts of Knox Road impassible.

“We had quite extensive damage in approximately a 2 mile stretch of our area here in the north west part of our town village,” said Lieutenant Wolff.

According to the National Weather Service some wind gusts were estimated at 60 miles per hour.
It took down trees in East Aurora nearly 40 feet tall.

“Knox road was especially hard hit, the Christ the King Seminary, Knox Farm State Park, all suffered extensive tree damage and downed power lines,” said Lieutenant Wolff.

East Aurora police say now crews are working on clean up and clearing up the downed trees and power line. They say anyone dealing with power outages in this area should power restored by the end day.

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