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Wind storm leaves widespread destruction in Niagara County

Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 19:53:56-05

Thousands of people in Niagara County are still dealing with the destructive aftermath from a powerful wind storm that blew through WNY on Wednesday March 8th.

Driving across the county, you can see numerous large trees down, homes and businesses damaged, and some roads still blocked off.

Electricity is the biggest problem as the wind and falling trees caused widespread destruction to power lines and utility poles.

Both NYSEG and National Grid have brought in extra crews to help, but the damage is so severe, that some customers might not get electricity back for another 24 hours or more.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Niagara County Emergency Services said 20,000 people still did not have power in Niagara County.

Lockport Schools are closed on Friday March 10th because of the danger of damaged trees to children who walk to school.

National Grid will be handing out bottled water and dry ice to people who have no power at the Wrights Corners Fire Co. throughout the day on Friday until 5 p.m.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly spent the day in Niagara County and filed these reports.