Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

July 19, 2013

Storm causes power outages

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Roughly 9,500 people in Niagara County lost power Friday night, following a thunderstorm that ripped through the area.¬†

About an inch of rain fell on the county, according to the National Weather Service. The rain caused flooding on the western part of the county and downed power lines and trees on the eastern half.

NYSEG reported 604 in the Town of Lockport were without power Friday night, as was about 140 homes in the city. National Grid reported a total of 8,842 in the county were without power, including 783 in Wilson and 1,253 in Cambria. The biggest number was in Lewiston, where about 2,000 were out.

National Grid estimated power should be back anytime between midnight and 2 a.m. Saturday.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported a number of traffic lights out along Route 31 and Lockport Road. A house in the 4900 block of Cloverleaf Lane in Pendleton was struck by lightning and caught on fire. Wendelville Fire Co. responded to the scene.

A number of power lines were down in eastern Niagara County. A number of areas in Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara were flooded. Lockport and Military roads were flooded as well.

The National Weather Service said showers and thunderstorms were likely for Saturday morning, mainly before 10 a.m. The rest of the day is expected to be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 82. New rainfall amounts are expected to be between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.