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Heavy rains drench region, strong winds bring down trees


Heavy rains and strong winds battered the Buffalo area during the afternoon commute Tuesday.

The storms tied up traffic on area expressways and the Mainline Thruway.  Some scattered power outages were reported.  Flooding was reported in some spots.  Camp Road in Hamburg was closed for a time as was Route 240 in the Town of Colden.   Both have since reopened.  There was also flooding in the Batavia area where an urban and small stream flood advisory was issued. 

There were reports of downed trees and powerlines in Cattaraugus County.  A tree reportedly fell on a house in the Village of Cattaraugus. 

All evening activities at Canalside were canceled. 

The severe weather moved well east, where conditions worsened.  There was a tornado warning covering parts of Central New York early Tuesday evening.