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Power outages, flooding soak region

Power outages and street flooding were reported in the wake of a series of torrential downpours that passed through the region Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, there were reports of a little more than 2 inches of rain in Hamburg. The Weather Service also got reports from the Erie County Fair of dime-sized hail and several large tents with metal frames blown over.

The reports of the fallen tents couldn't be confirmed by Hamburg police, however.

The wicked weather, heralding passage of a cold front, began in the predawn hours and struck with vengeance around noon.

There were numerous reports of street and underpass flooding, particularly in the Village of Hamburg.

Power outages affected several thousand customers of New York State Electric & Gas, as well as National Grid. At one point early Sunday afternoon, there were more than 11,000 NYSEG customers without power in the Towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca.

There were fewer power outages affecting National Grid customers, primarily in northern Erie County.

Police shut down a section of Route 198 at Parkside Avenue for about 45 minutes Sunday night after three National Grid poles toppled.

The worst of the weather system had passed to the east by midafternoon, although there's a 30 percent chance of showers this morning.

"Nothing like today," Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Officially, 1.29 inches of rain had fallen at the Weather Service office in Cheektowaga by evening Sunday.

Today's highs should be comfortably cool in the lower 70s. Tonight is expected to see lows in the mid-50s in the Buffalo metro area and into the 40s in Southern Tier valleys.

email: jhabuda@buffnews.com