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Gusty winds down trees and tree limbs, cut power to thousands

Gusty winds accompanied by sheets of rain swept across Western New York as a strong cold front moved into the region late Sunday afternoon, downing trees and tree limbs and causing multiple power outages.

National Grid reported more than 7,000 customers without electricity shortly before 6 p.m. Largest concentrations of outages were in the Town of Wilson in Niagara County and in southern Cattaraugus County between Salamanca and Olean. NYSEG reported more than 7,500 customers blacked out in Erie County and more than 1,400 in Wyoming County.

Peak wind gust at the National Weather Service Office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga was 51 mph between 4 and 5 p.m.

A wind advisory remains in effect until 11 p.m. A total of .15 of an inch of rain was measured at the airport. A lakeshore flood warning also was posted until 9 p.m. for the shores of Lake Erie due to strong southwest winds.

Winds are expected to gradually diminish tonight and there is a slight chance of rain. Temperatures, which peaked at 76 at the airport before the storm arrived, are due to drop into the 40s overnight. Forecast for Monday calls for a cool, breezy day with clouds giving way to sunshine.

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