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Strong wind knocks power, causes damage in WNY

Wind warning in effect as winds gust to 60 mph
Posted at 8:38 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 23:12:08-05

The wind is being blamed for significant damage and thousands of power outages across parts of Western New York.

By 9 p.m. Wednesday, NYSEG was reporting more than 3,100 outages in Erie County.  

Residents in several communities had to contend with downed power lines and fallen trees.

In Batavia, the wind was so powerful that it knocked down a Sunoco gas station canopy on W. Main Street.  It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries from the incident.

Hamburg appears to be one of the hardest hit communities, with more than 1,000 affected customers.  Traffic lights were out on Route 5, and several nearby homeowners had to resort to candlelight Wednesday evening.

A tree fell on a house in Blasdell.

Hamburg Emergency Crews are keeping a close eye on the water, splashing onto Route 5 that could freeze over if temperatures drop low enough.

In Buffalo, eight outages left more than 100 customers without power.  Many outages were in North Buffalo near Delaware Park.