Gowanda Whacked by Wicked Weather

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM EDT

Gowanda, NY
(WKBW)

Wednesday's powerful storm caused the most damage south of Buffalo bringing down power lines and uprooting massive trees, leaving a big headache for residents left with the clean up.

"All of a sudden the wind started blowing and the trees were blowing all over the place and all of a sudden you couldn't see anything outside it was raining so hard," explained Bubba Feidt, the Truck Captain for the Collins Fire Company.

"We looked out the back window and everything was white," said Peter Busekist, who lives in the Town of Collins.

What Busekist saw next was a shocker, two trees in his neighbor's front yard on Bagdad Road dropped like dominos.

"We started getting quarter sized hail and we walked past the kitchen door and watched those two trees tip right over," Busekist explained.

The storm plowed through the area around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon headed east at around 60 miles per hour, pair that with soaking rain and it's easy to see how quickly the damage to this area in Cattaraugus County built up.

"We have wires down on five different poles, no poles down just wires all across the road and tree limbs all over the place," said Feidt.

David Smith lives in this Chestnut Street apartment in Gowanda and where a tree came crashing down.

"Our car shook from the impact of the wind and then the tree, you heard the big crack and then it fell and hit the house," said Smith.

It was a familiar story a few blocks up the road on Johnson Street where volunteer firefighters and friends helped neighbors clean up after trees slammed down on two homes leaving structural damage behind.

"Right now the back part of the roof (is damaged) we don't know about the upper roof until we can get the rest of the trees off ," said Theresa Tonello, one of the homeowners.

Tonello says her homeowners insurance will pay $500 towards tree removal and clean up and then assess the damage to the home in a separate estimate.

Despite the damage Tonello is just glad no one got hurt.

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