Route 5 Near Hoaks Now Open After Wind & Waves Shut It Down Overnight

January 17, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 4:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Route 5 Near Hoaks Now Open After Wind & Waves Shut It Down Overnight

January 17, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 4:12 AM EDT

HAMBURG, NY ( WKBW ) Hamburg Police were detouring traffic between Camp and Big Tree Roads on Lakeshore ( Route 5) due to high winds and flooding conditions Tuesday night.

That stretch of Route 5 is commonly known as the "car wash" when high winds whip up Lake Erie waves over the break wall and onto the roadway, and is now open.

Eyewitness News cameras captured images near the popular Hoaks Restaurant Tuesday night, where the water and wind simply proved too dangerous for motorists to drive through.

High winds and water created unsafe driving conditions there, and in many parts of Western New York.

Driving on the SKYWAY was a challenge due to the winds, especially for high profile vehicles.

Eyewitness News cameras were on location at a Seneca Street address where a tree fell onto a car, causing major damage.

Winds were 30-45 MPH, with gusts as high as 65 MPH, causing items like garbage totes and porch furniture to get blown about.

Officials warned motorists to use extreme caution due to the winds, and to watch out for downed power lines, tree limbs, poles, flying debris, and traffic signals that may not be working due to power outages.

For a link to traffic conditions from the official NITTEC website, go to the News Links section of wkbw.com. A link to National Grid and NYSEG power outage maps is also available.

If you have pictures of wind or storm damage in your area, e-mail them to news@wkbw.com.