Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

April 20, 2013

A BIG CHANGE

Temperatures plummet nearly 40 degrees

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — What a difference 24 hours makes.

At 4 p.m. Friday, the temperature in Lockport, according to the National Weather Service, was 43 degrees. At the same time on Thursday, it was almost 40 degrees warmer, with the mercury reaching 80 degrees.

A strong cold front blew into the area Friday morning, bringing rain showers and high winds that toppled a few trees and downed utility lines throughout the region.

Lockport firefighters and police were called to Minard Street, about a block west of Transit Road early Friday afternoon after the top portion of a tree fell to the ground, taking down electrical wires with it.

Power to at least 50 NYSEG customers was affected, including 13 homes on Amelia Street, 36 on Minard and another 19 locations on State Road. The NYSEG website on Friday afternoon indicated power was expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m.

While NYSEG didn’t appear to have many weather-related problems in Niagara County, the company was busy in Erie County, where 1,535 customers were without power on Friday afternoon. Information on the NYSEG website indicated about 80 percent of the customers affected were in Clarence and Lancaster.

Another tree snapped in half on West Caledonia Street, where a portion of a tree trunk landed on a car parked in a driveway at 291 West Caledonia.

Outages were widespread, with most affecting limited areas. One of the largest power outages in eastern Niagara County was in the area of Akron and Wolcottsville roads in Wolcottsville, where power was disrupted for 69 customers. National Grid crews were still working on the problem Friday evening and hoped to have power restored by 9 p.m.

Power outages in National Grid’s service area affecting five customers or fewer were reported in the Camp Kenan area of Somerset and the Roosevelt Beach area of Wilson.

The winds were expected to taper off overnight. Temperatures today are forecast to be in the low 40s, with a 20 percent chance of showers. Following an overnight low of 28, temperatures were expected to reach the upper 40s Sunday, with highs reaching 60 Monday and Tuesday.