A line of violent weather, which spawned suspected tornadoes in southern Ontario and in Michigan, raced across Western New York Tuesday evening, leaving thousands of homes without power, mainly along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
One of the storms that struck northern Niagara and Orleans counties just after 7 p.m. resulted in damage. Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo News that damage occurred mostly in the “north end” of the county. “Many trees and wires down,” Voutour said. The weather service warning said the storms were capable of producing winds at 60 mph or above and golf-ball sized hail.
National Grid estimated that more than 6,800 customers in Orleans County and 900 in Niagara County remained without power this morning. The Albion Central Schools are closed today due to the power outage.
Although Buffalo set its high temperature for the year Tuesday – 87 degrees at 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport – Tuesday’s inclement weather was not unexpected. The weather service reported early Tuesday the potential for severe weather with a low pressure system trekking eastward.
Toronto-area media reported a suspected tornado dropped on Angus, Ont., near Barrie, resulting in damage to about 40 buildings there. Environment Canada confirmed the twister Tuesday this evening.
CBC News reported that four people were injured after being struck by lightning at the Rolling Hills Golf Club in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont., north of Toronto Tuesday.
A suspected tornado touched down in Michigan’s lower Peninsula shortly before noon Tuesday, felling some trees and damaging buildings, according to Detroit-area television reports. No injuries were reported.