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After spectacular thunder and lightning show, winds to pick up Tuesday

Lightning and thunder, and next comes the wind.

Monday night’s wild light and sound show will be followed by strong winds Tuesday, as cooler air arrives in Western New York.

“It will really start to get gusty,” said Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, with west winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour gusting up to 50. There was a hint of what’s to come during the overnight storms; a gust of 56 mph was reported at Olcott, according to Hibbert.

“Other than that, we didn’t get much in the way of damaging winds,” said Hibbert.

Despite the show, not much rain fell. Just under a half-inch of rain was recorded at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where the weather service has its offices.

“I’m sure other areas got more,” Hibbert added.

Lightning strikes were reported at a couple of places in Buffalo during the height of Monday night’s storm.

At the Tim Hortons at 1405 Kensington Ave., lightning hit the coffee shop’s air conditioning unit at about 10:40 p.m., according to Buffalo fire officials. There was no damage to the shop’s interior but it filled with smoke, officials said.

Damage was estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.

An earlier lightning strike, reported at 10:14 p.m., caused an estimated $35,000 damage to a two-story home at 61 Wilkes Ave. One firefighter suffered minor injuries; the Red Cross was called to assist two adults.

Temperatures will be dropping Tuesday, with highs only in the 50s. Overnight lows will be in the lower 40s, with some upper 30s in outlying suburbs. “Probably folks will have to turn the heat back on,” Hibbert said.

High temperatures Wednesday will stay in the upper 50s, with overnight lows dipping in the mid to lower 30s across the Southern Tier.

“We will have clear skies, light wind or no wind,” Hibbert said.

At this point, the weekend forecast calls for a return to more seasonable temperatures. Normal highs are in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s.

“We were substantially over for a couple of days there,” Hibbert said. “It’s time to pay the piper.”