National Weather Service Buffalo, New York
Western New York Weather History
8TH-9TH… A cold front accompanied by thunderstorms with high winds and frequent lightning crossed western New York on the 8th. Lightning knocked out the Weather Service Radar shortly after 8pm. Another strike 20 minutes later interrupted the continuous broadcasts on NOAA Weather Radio. Lightning also struck the antenna of the communication system in the town of Lancaster. Village police took over town police calls and the Cheektowaga fire alarm office handled firecalls for the town. Power losses were also reported to about 1000 customers in the Maryvale section of Cheektowaga. There were scattered power failures in Wilson and Olcott in Niagara county; in Orleans, Genesee, and Chautauqua counties; and in Erie county from Hamburg to Eden.
Numerous thunderstorms crossed the western southern tier and Genesee valley during the evening hours. The thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines. Thousands were without electricity. Damage from thunderstorm winds was reported in Nunda, Dansville, Randolph, Sherman, Ischua, Angelica, Springville and Ashford. The torrential rains accompanying the thunderstorms, coming just a few days after earlier heavy rains, resulted in flash flooding...especially in Allegany county. Hardest hit was Centerville, Hume, Granger and Caneadea. Several towns in the western southern tier declared States of Emergency. Damage to roads was extensive. In Allegany county, Routes 23, 27, 36 and 3 were closed for days.
A severe thunderstorm crossed Oswego county during the early afternoon hours. The thunderstorm winds downed trees in Hannibal, Volney and Hastings.
thunderstorms developed in a very moist atmosphere, dropping
inches of rain in a short amount
of time onto already saturated ground. The heavy rains produced flash
flooding over parts of the southern tier and