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VIOLENT LAKE STORM UPROOTS TREES

Trees were uprooted and power lines fell in the Lake Erie Beach section of the Town of Evans about 6 p.m. Thursday as a small, fast-moving, violent storm moved in off Lake Erie.

High winds uprooted five large maple trees on the property of George and Loretta Griesbaum at 332 Kennedy Ave. Power lines were downed at Eisenhower and Kennedy avenues, affecting about half a dozen Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. customers.

Meteorologist Alan Blackburn of the National Weather Service office in Buffalo said the storm blew up quickly as a cold front moved in over warmer air on the ground and the relatively warm lake waters, causing waterspouts. Waterspouts offshore from Chautauqua County dissipated before they hit land.

"Normally this happens in late summer and autumn, where you get cooler air over the warmer water," Blackburn said. "In this case, there was additional lift due to the cold front."

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