Storm Knocks Out Power to 4600

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM EDT

Bill Rougeux of National Grid and his crew responded to many calls in the wake of the Wednesday evening's storm.

"Basically, wires down and no light calls," said Rougeux.

The wind toppled over a tree behind a home on East River Road in Grand Island and took a power pole along with it. No one was hurt, but residents were left in the dark until the damage was fixed.

"We'll de-energize their power, put a new pole in tonight and hook their service back up," said Rougeux.

The storm blew in just after 6 o'clock Wednesday night. A viewer in Amherst captured video of his gazebo blowing over despite being held down by cement blocks. Stories of storm damage came in from all over the area. A viewer in North Tonawanda was inside his home when he heard a tree crash down in his back yard. The wind was so powerful it pushed a transformer down at an industrial park in Niagara Falls, swiping out power to dozens of businesses.

Meanwhile, the rainy weather and high winds didn't stop a group of runners in Buffalo. Over 1,000 runners took off just minutes before the storm touched down. Nonetheless they stayed the course, determined to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

The spokesperson for National Grid told us the power to most people was restored by 10pm