Windstorm Blows Trees, Closes Freeways, Blackens Over 90,000 People in WNY | Local news


Annette Kerr takes a photo of the strong winds and waves blowing towards the shore at Sturgeon Point Marina in Derby on Saturday December 11, 2021.

Mark Mulville / Buffalo News

National Grid has reported about 60,000 customers without power in the area, including more than 30,000 in Erie County. NYSEG reported that nearly 30,000 of its customers have lost power.

By 10 p.m. National Grid had restored power to about 13,000 customers and NYSEG had reduced power to about 8,000.

The strong wind warning, issued by the National Weather Service at 1 p.m., expired at 11 p.m. Lake shore flood warnings also expired at 11 a.m.

Buffalo has received approximately 25 calls for completely off or on traffic lights or signals that may have been damaged. Power had been restored to most places around 9:30 p.m., but there are still a few on the flash that crews will tackle.

Due to rising waters, two intersections in Buffalo were closed around 6:30 p.m. on Niagara and Tonawanda Streets and Hamburg and South Streets, according to Department of Public Works officials. By 10 p.m., the intersection of Hamburg and South Streets had reopened.

The wind pushed Lake Erie over nine feet above normal, sending water through the streets around the Buffalo waterfront and the Buffalo River. Ganson Street was closed between Ohio and Michigan streets, and police helped residents evacuate. A section of a brick wall from the historic Great Northern Grain Elevator on Ganson Street has collapsed.


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