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WINDS TOPPLE WALL, CUT POWER

Winds gusting to nearly 50 mph toppled a wall at a construction site in Depew and blacked out a large section of the Town of Tonawanda overnight. Depew police said no one was injured in the collapse of the wall at the D & L Plaza at Broadway and Brunswick Road.

Winds also toppled a tree that brought down power lines near Koenig Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda about 6 p.m Wednesday, blacking out 1,102 homes and businesses and disrupting some traffic signals.

Power to more than 1,000 of the homes was restored within minutes, but 62 homes were without electrical service for more than three hours, and 22 were blacked out for four hours as Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. crews worked to repair the damage.

The windstorm's peak gust of 49 mph was recorded at the Buffalo airport at 5 a.m. today, and Thursday's peak gust of 47 mph was logged at 11:41 p.m. National Weather Service forecasts call for subsiding winds but increasingly colder today, with some snow showers.

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