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The threatened tornado never struck Western New York late Wednesday afternoon, as a slow-moving cold front blew away the area's lingering summer weather, bringing torrential downpours, lightning and strong winds.

The Buffalo area received about 1 inch of rain through 8 a.m. today, with the nasty weather causing scattered power outages and minor flooding.

But no tornado.

"The ingredients looked like they were coming together in the afternoon, but as it merged over Western New York, it weakened instead of intensifying and turned into a regular rainstorm," National Weather Service hydrologist Stephen F. McLaughlin explained today.

In Lockport, lightning struck a Washburn Street apartment house. No fire started, but the strike did short out the electrical system inside a second-floor apartment and broke a water line, causing water to pour into the first-floor apartment through the ceiling.

Flooding was blamed for an early evening blackout in Kenmore in neighborhoods along Colvin Boulevard.

Rain fell at the rate of an inch or more an hour in some places, and a flood watch was posted for Chautauqua County. Officially, a little more than half an inch of rain fell at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Today brought a windy day, with clearing skies and noticeably cooler temperatures that reached 60. Lake-effect rain may fall tonight.

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