Damaging winds down trees and leave thousands without power

Skyway reopens, empty tractor-trailer ban lifted

February 25, 2019 - 12:43 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Thousands of Western New Yorkers are waking up Monday morning without power following a punishing wondstorm Sunday and through the night. (Links to power outages and complete weather warnings below). 

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Winds lived up to their billing Sunday and brought down trees, power lines and left tens of thousands in the dark.  It was not uncommon to register peak wind gusts int he 60 to 70 mph range with a top gust of 74 mph clocked in Niagara Falls.

The winds pushed water levels at the eastern end of Lake Erie so high that ice went over the ice boom and blasted the Canadian shoreline along Fort Erie, sending giant iceburgs down the Niagara River.

Residents of the Hoover Beach area in Hamburg were participating in a voluntary evacuation as lake water levels rose and winds punished their properties along the lakeshore.

The Buffalo Skyway and Route 5 had been closed since midday Sunday and have since been reopened as winds continue to decrease.  The travel advisory that had been in place in Erie County has been lifted.

A ban on empty tractor trailers had been in place since early Sunday and at least one truck was blown over along the New York State Thruway near Walden Avenue.  The driver was ticketed.  The ban on empty tractor trailers has since been lifted in the Buffalo and WNY area.

VIEW: National Grid Outage Map

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