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It was Day 4 of Media Camp at Hilbert College in Hamburg Thursday and the nine school-aged campers had just returned from a field trip to the Edward Cotter – the Buffalo Fire Department's historic fire boat – to learn about how to do a feature story. Then a tornado touched down just a mile down South Park Avenue and turned the day into an unexpected lesson on brea…

Two dozen members of the Army and Air Force National Guard joined more than 100 Erie County highway and park personnel Friday cleaning up tornado and storm-related damage to Hamburg and surrounding areas. The cost of damage and cleanup efforts is expected to reach into the millions. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Sout…

It was Jim McDonnell’s 70th birthday Thursday, and he decided to stop by the casino at the Hamburg Fairgrounds to celebrate. “On your birthday they give you some freebies,” he said. He was at the slots at about 12:30 p.m. when the lights suddenly shut off and he heard what sounded like a dozen bombs detonating. “We heard: Boom! Boom! And the rain was pouri…

A possible tornado ripped through Southern Erie County today, ripping off roofs, snapping trees and blowing out windows of cars. Over 6,000 people had no power as of 6 p.m., according to National Grid and NYSEG. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a "no unnecessary travel advisory" for southern Erie County, particularly …

A photo that showed a U.S. Postal Service truck partially submerged in flood waters near a viaduct on Broadway in Buffalo on Thursday prompted comments and quips from Buffalo News readers. The photo also showed a second vehicle in the water from which Buffalo firefighters rescued three people. "I guess weather can stop the mail from being delivered afterall," wrote one…

A day after record-breaking rain fell in the region, a couple area waterways are running high, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tonawanda Creek at Batavia seems to be the most problematic Friday. The National Weather Service posted a flood warning for the creek this morning that runs through 9 p.m. The weather service stated that the flood stage of the cre…

Buffalo City Court will be closed today "due to building operational issues related to courthouse flooding," according to the State Unified Court System. City Court, located at 50 Delaware Ave., closed early Thursday because of building safety issues caused by flooding. The building is home to city and state courtrooms. Record-setting rainfall on Thursday caused flas…

Swift water rescue teams pulled motorists from their submerged vehicles. Law enforcement scrambled to close roadways quickly filling with water. Geysers of water spouted up from downtown storm drains. Downtown office buildings filled with water. And children swam in the streets. Most of Thursday’s record-shattering 2.29 inches of rain fell in less than three hou…

It was the perfect storm. Meagan Meller had the swan. Toria Getz had the Jeep. And Zoe Brania had the camera. But they never ever expected to be able to go tubing in the middle of a street. That changed when almost a foot of rain fell in their neighborhood, closing many roads in the Buffalo area.  https://twitter.com/Toria_Getz/status/885547943008325632 …

I mentioned some personal hypocrisy on the air last Saturday evening. The hypocrisy pertains to not adequately following my own advice about following good sun protection steps consistently enough over the years. Since I was talking about the high UV index I was forecasting for the next day – an easy call – it was a good time to bring it up ... a very good time. In …

Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are about to put on more water. Forecasts suggest one of the Buffalo Niagara region's driest starts to July is about to become one of its wettest in just a matter of days. Expect clouds to increase as Monday afternoon wears on with rainfall expected by dinnertime. Some thunderstorms are also likely this evening, forecasts show. Rainfall …

Climate models correctly predicted back in the 1980s that warming would be greatest and fastest in the Arctic. Some of the physics in that forecast were simple. As Arctic sea ice melted more quickly during summer months, surface reflectivity of solar energy would change more drastically than anywhere else on the planet. The bright white ice and snow cover reflect much o…

Periodic showers forecast for this afternoon and Saturday could be accompanied by strong thunderstorms in Western New York, with a risk of gusty winds and localized flooding in affected areas, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of thunderstorms in the region is slightly higher this afternoon than Saturday, but the weather service said to expect storms…