Western New York’s latest big blow is over.
Winds are expected to calm down today to 10 to 15 mph in the aftermath of a storm Sunday night and Monday that felled trees and tree limbs, snapped power lines and sent shingles flying.
Observers noted, however, that it toppled fewer trees and caused less damage than the last big windstorm 2½ weeks ago.
At its peak, a wind gust of 59 mph was recorded at 1:14 a.m. Monday at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga. Sustained winds, defined as those lasting at least two minutes, were measured at 43 mph.
A gust of 67 mph was measured in Dunkirk, while spotters filed unofficial reports of gusts as high as 63 mph in Niagara Falls.
Power lines fell across River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, closing the highway for most of the day Monday. In Elma, fallen trees and wires blocked Route 78 near Two Rod Road.
In Chautauqua County, a tree fell on an apartment building in Fredonia and a storage door was blown off a gas station garage. In Genesee County, volunteer fire crews were dispatched to a home on Clipnock Road in Stafford, where winds were tearing the roof off a house.
Between 5,000 and 7,000 electric customers in the area were without power Sunday night and Monday.
Meteorologists cited two reasons for the damage not being as extensive as it was during similar wind conditions on Nov. 1, the morning after Halloween.
“When you have that first event of the year, it probably takes down the trees that have weakened since the last wind event” last spring, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said.
Sunshine is in today’s forecast, along with light northerly winds. Temperatures should reach into the upper 30s.
Wednesday promises to be more pleasant, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 40s. Clouds are due to arrive Wednesday night and Thursday, with an increasing chance of showers.
News Staff Reporter Gene Warner contributed to this report. email: email@example.com