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Overnight storm drops .37 inch of rain on parched Buffalo region

In case you missed it, rain fell overnight. All .37 of an inch. Not enough to relieve the drought, but it came with thunderstorms that knocked out power to several hundred customers.

“A line of thunderstorms went through Buffalo around 2 a.m. before heading to the Rochester area,” said Kirk Apffel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A good shot of rain is expected during the weekend, Apffel said, and there is a 30 percent chance of an afternoon shower Thursday and Friday.

Showers are likely Saturday and Sunday with highs in the lower to mid 80s. Get ready for a moist air mass and that muggy feel, said Apffel.

“The rainfall could be beneficial to relieving some of the drought conditions,” said Apffel. “But the potential for some local heavy rains could produce isolated flooding.

As for Thursday and Friday, there is a 30 percent chance of an afternoon shower.

“It’s kind of confusing,” Apffel said. “You want a little rain, but not too much.”

Expect a muggy remainder for the day with highs in the upper 80s and heat index values in the low 90s, said Apffel. Lake Erie will provide little help in cooling the air because its water has been heated to 77 degrees.

The overnight rain cut power to 2,600 residents in Akron, Clarence, Clarence Center and East Amherst, NYSEG reported. The majority – nearly 1,700 customers – live in Clarence Center, where power lines were reported down on several roads.

A lightning strike was reported in South Buffalo, where 400 people lost power, said Patrick Stella, spokesman at National Grid. The strike caused a chain reaction when it hit a tree at Abbott Road and Downing Street. The tree struck a utility pole, Stella said.

A smaller number of homes in Hamburg, Buffalo and Cheektowaga also lost power after lightning strikes.

National Grid is reporting about 300 homes without power in the Buffalo area.

Power is expected to be restored by noon.

email jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com

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