High winds rushed across much of New York on Friday, sending trees and limbs falling onto buildings and cars and tipping over power poles, which knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.
In Buffalo, a large fallen tree crushed two parked cars and the fire department was called to the partial collapse of a vacant brick building. There were no injuries. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Zoo sent visitors home early and brought the animals inside after some trees fell on the grounds there, a spokeswoman said.
Winds from the southwest at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph, were expected through Friday evening, the National Weather Service said. High wind warnings were posted across the entire northern half of the state, from Buffalo through Syracuse and continuing north through Watertown and Plattsburgh. Albany was under a daylong wind advisory.
With a gale warning posted for Lake Ontario, the freighter Robert S. Pierson dropped anchor off of Irondequoit but didn’t appear to be in distress, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.
“It’s just waiting out of the storm,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Wright said.
At times, about 20,000 homes were darkened in western New York and more than 7,000 customers were without power in the mid-Hudson Valley.