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Severe Thunderstorms Quickly Move through Region

Buffalo, NY – Thousands of area electric customers lost power after strong thunderstorms passed through the area at around 10:00 Monday night.

The storms were extremely fast moving at an estimated 65 miles per hour. That limited the torrential downpours and dangerous lightning to a half-hour or less in any single area. Still, there were reports of damage.

Gusty winds downed trees, tree limbs and power lines. Reports of wind damage were received from Fredonia, Collins, Elma, Buffalo, Pendelton and Lockport. Among the hardest hit areas were Kenmore and the southern part of the town of Tonawanda, where power was out during the overnight hours.

In the Southern Tier, Monday's storm complicated cleanup efforts from Sunday's severe weather.

The storms did little to break the heat and humidity though. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper '80s Tuesday and Wednesday. The next chance for thunderstorms is late Thursday, followed by some cooler temperatures for the weekend.