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A fire destroyed an Orchard Park apartment building Tuesday afternoon, as volunteer firefighters had to battle the blaze and blizzard conditions that froze their waterlines.Firefighters and police were still on the scene of a working fire Tuesday afternoon at a 12-unit apartment complex at 60 Hunters Ridge Road, which runs between Southwestern Boulevard and Baker Road.“Eve…

They might be based in the South, but many of the Carolina Hurricanes who showed up to play against the Sabres before the game was postponed Tuesday night were familiar with blustery conditions. Still, the Arctic temperatures and whiteouts outside First Niagara Center were intense, even for players from Canada, Russia and Finland.“It’s really windy. I watched a guy get bl…

The Town of Eden has found itself right in the heart of the Southtowns Blizzard of 2014, and it’s far from pretty.From stranded motorists rescued overnight by volunteer firefighters on their personal snowmobiles, to abandoned cars, to complete whiteouts with zero visibility along Route 62 and even some brazen motorists thumbing their noses at a driving ban, the town has fe…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority this afternoon announced that a number of bus routes have been suspended or will have limited service today because of the storm.Metro Rail will continue to run into the evening.Routes 14, 15, 16, 36, 42, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75 and 76, have suspended service for the remainder of the day.Routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 22, 26 and 32 will only op…

The size of the snow bands and fluctuations in wind speed and direction have made the Blizzard of 2014 an unusual event, even by our unusual weather standards.Take Amherst, for example: The town stretches from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Transit Road and from Tonawanda Creek to almost the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and depending on where they live, residents’ exp…

The effect of the Blizzard of 2014 continues to be question of where you are.While no one has escaped the wind and double-digit-below-zero wind chills, some parts of the region’s north continue to be almost untouched by snow.“The band of snow to the south is visible in the distance, but the sun is blindingly bright in the Lockport/Newfane area with mostly clear skies,” sai…

Dozens of outpatient medical programs closed Tuesday because of the storm, but Buffalo’s major hospitals reported that key services remained open despite tight staffing at some facilities.Mercy Hospital in the Catholic Health hospital system sits in South Buffalo, closest to the areas hit hardest by the storm. Essential personnel made it in to work, and all services were u…

The Village of Kenmore instituted a ban on all non-emergency travel at noon today as the storm rolled northward.The Town of Tonawanda Police Department advised against all unnecessary travel, urging residents to stay indoors and off the roads. Conditions are considered hazardous.Amherst also urged against any unnecessary travel and conditions are also hazardous in the city…

The band of intense snow and wind might be moving north and south in Erie County, bit it doesn’t ever seem to leave the City of Lackawanna.“We haven’t received a break yet,” said Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski, Plows have been out since midnight, clearing most streets at least once.But Szymanski said residents might not notice, and a driving ban remains in effect in the city.…

If a blizzard wasn’t already enough to deal with on Tuesday, Orchard Park firefighters had to contend with a blaze that destroyed an apartment building.The fire happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday in a 12-unit apartment complex at 60 Hunters Ridge Road, which runs between Southwestern Boulevard and Baker Road.The cause is still under investigation. The building was a total loss…

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Candace Hines was wishing she had that snowblower back.The Village of Hamburg resident was hard at work late Tuesday morning, shovel in hand, attacking a deep pile of snow at the end of her short driveway.Hines moved into her house at the corner of Center Street and Long Avenue about a year and a half ago. Her last home was a condo, which meant the snowblower was expendabl…

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After delivering mail for the past 17 years, Bryan Krukowski says Tuesday was the worst weather he has faced.“I can deal with snow and ice, but when you have this kind of wind, it’s a whole new element,” he said as he thawed out in his mail truck in Kenmore after completing his morning deliveries and before undertaking his afternoon rounds.“It just gets in you,” he said of…

Town of Evans resident Heather Boncore awoke at 5:30 a.m. today to see three cars stranded on Beach Road near Lake Shore High School. By 10 a.m. all three cars had been moved.Still, visibility is a huge issue.“I can’t see the buses,” said Boncore, who lives just a few hundred feet from the school’s bus parking lot.Lt. Michael Masullo said many cars also were stranded along…