WESTFIELD, NY (WKBW) - Grape farmer Nick Coletta was making repairs to a tractor in his metal barn late Monday afternoon when he heard what sounded like a freight train barreling through his property.
"It started to get real loud," Coletta said.
His neighbor Dean Mead thought it was a jet engine.
But it was a massive thunderstorm which whipped Western New York with heavy rains and high winds for much of Monday evening, causing widespread damage mostly in the Southern Tier.
"The garage door just blew right off right in front of me. Just blew right off," said Coletta. "Then I saw the roof came off."
Fearing the structure would cave in on him, he ran outside to take shelter in his pickup truck.
"I saw the roof on the road. I couldn't believe it. I thought it was my neighbor's garage but it was mine, you know," he said. "I was in shock."
Mead's 100-year-old 12,000 square foot wood barn was completely destroyed as well.
"Yeah, it's gone except for the concrete foundation, completely," said Mead, who is convinced it was a tornado.
The National Weather Service office at the Buffalo airport will send a team of investigators to analyze both structures on Tuesday to determine if a tornado touched down.