Violent weather roared through the Village of Celoron in Chautauqua County early this morning. Winds up to 75-miles-an-hour ripped the roof right off of an apartment building. With no roof, the rains caused ceilings to collapse. Officials were forced to evacuate the entire complex as residents scrambled to remove their belongings.
"We rented a storage pod and we rented a U-haul truck, so we're moving all her furniture into a storage unit for right now," said Neil Robinson, who is helping his mother move out of the damaged apartment building.
In the same area, high winds blew over dozens of trees. One crashed through a home. Luckily no one was inside.
"We had a bad storm last night around 3:30. The tree was either struck by lightning or just blew over and it landed right on top of our house," said Rich Owrey, who owns the house.
And it wasn't a good day for motorists. Crews rescued a handful of cars that got stuck on Transit Road in Depew after heavy rains. Residents are now concerned the downpour will create more problems.
"Usually when it rains, you get a bad heavy enough rain like we did last night, all the rain run off from the railroad tracks comes down the hill and pushes mud and stones down and plugs up the sewers," said Kevin Jablonski, a resident of nearby Lancaster.
And here's one for the record books! By noon, 2.16 inches of rain flooded the streets near the Buffalo Airport. The old record? 1.76 inches on the same day in 1923.
There was concern that the weather could have created a tornado but the national weather service says that didn't happen.