posted on October 30, 2012 12:49
8 million people are without power and 26 are dead due in the U.S. and counting due to Hurricane Sandy. Areas as far west as Northwest Indiana were affected by the storm.
In Genesee County, though, the impact fell just short of expectations.
“We had forecast winds of up to 65 miles per hour along the coastline – we pretty much verified that," meteorologist Dave Zaff of the National Weather Service in Buffalo said. "We had gusts to be about 50-60 miles per hour inland and that might have been just a little bit too high; but just about every county that we had a high wind warning for, we did have some tree damage and power outages so we’re fairly pleased with the warnings that we had out and we’re very pleased that it wasn’t more significant.”
“Today we’re looking at a little bit of wind – nothing that we can’t handle – and some light rain," Zaff said. "But the big event as far as Sandy goes, or what’s remaining of Sandy, is over at this time.”
In terms of local damage: wind brought down tree limbs down on Snipery Road in Corfu and Lyman Road in Byron, both affecting fewer than 5 National Grid customers.
In Batavia, a tree set on fire by live power lines caused the closing of Batavia City Schools today in the aftermath of super-storm Sandy.
Notre Dame High School is also closed.