The worst is over.
The line of thunderstorms that started crossing Western New York before dawn Tuesday will clear the area before the end of the morning rush hour. In its wake, more than 17,000 utility customers are without power, according to the NYSEG and National Grid websites.
For NYSEG, West Seneca was the hardest hit, with more than 8,500 customers affected. Hundreds of power outages were reported in Hamburg and Orchard Park, as well as Wales, Aurora and Cheektowaga.
Almost 1,500 National Grid customers in Niagara County also are without power.
“Most of it’s over with – at least here for Buffalo,” said meteorologist Shawn Smith of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
The storm is headed eastward along the I-86 corridor.
“Everything’s pretty much clear as far as the strong cells,” Smith said. “The cold front will come through and we should see a drying and clearing trend.”
Temperatures, which dropped slightly during the morning’s thunderstorms, are expected to rebound to the mid to upper 70s Wednesday afternoon.