HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — The winds came in strong just before noon and in a period of just two hours caused a variety of damage especially along the lake shore.
Trucker Mark Gorney plans to avoid the skyway for the near future after what happened to him Friday.
“I was driving over the skyway when all of a sudden the winds kicked up tipped over my trailer and I hit the Jersey barrier,” Gorney said.
The winds at noon were strong enough to snap several power poles in half at Tifft Farm causing a small brush fire from the charged electric lines. At around 1 o’clock, a downed powerline burned a hole in the pavement on Lakeview Road near Route 5 in Hamburg.
Once again, a seiche effect brought the high lake levels much too close for comfort at Hoak’s Restaurant in Athol Springs.
Roadside responders urge folks to watch out for them on days like this.
Joe Auld of Rusiniak’s Service told us, “Please just stay off your phone. Pay attention. We have families to and we just wanna get home to our families so slow down, move over.”
Outages across WNY
UPDATED: Friday, 10:30 p.m.
The rapid winds are causing problems for tens of thousands of western New Yorkers, as many are without power.
Across western New York, National Grid is reporting more than 500 outages — the majority of which are in Erie County, and parts of Niagara and Genesee counties.
NYSEG customers in Erie County are seeing even worse numbers, with nearly 4,700 outages reported across the region.
Right now, it’s not clear when the power will return.