High winds left many without power and did assorted damage across the region
It was one windy Wednesday throughout the region, with gusts strewing debris and taking down trees, power lines and transformers — and even a tractor trailer.
Wind speed at the Penn Yan airport reached a maximum of 38 mph, according to weatherunderground.com, with a maximum gust speed of 53 mph. According to the Daily Messenger's news partner News 10NBC, gusts were even stronger — as high as 75 miles per hour — tearing part of the roof from Bill's Carpet & Furniture Center on Jefferson Road in Henrietta. Frontier Field in Rohester saw wind damage, with a large tent almost blowing away.
Thousands of Ontario County residents were without power at some point Wednesday — at around 6:30 p.m., more than 3,300 customers, the majority in the towns of Canandaigua, Bristol and Victor, according to RG&E's ongoing outage alert system. By 10 p.m., the number without power was down to 1,194 — a little over 500 of them in Bristol —and most of the Canandaigua customers had been restored, according to RG&E. There were significant outages in Manchester as well.
Monroe County still had 9,845 customers without power by 10 p.m. — throughout the county but concentrated in Perinton, Pittsford and Rochester — and Wayne County had 1,316.
A fallen tree nearly 2 feet in diameter trapped a man inside a Dickinson Road home in Webster. It took emergency responders nearly 30 minutes to rescue the man, who only suffered some scrapes and bruises.
An overturned tractor-trailer temporarily shut down Interstate 390 South at the Interstate 590 interchange in Brighton. According to the Rochester Fire Department, there was one person in the tractor trailer who was taken to the hospital. Following the crash, the Monroe County execuive issued a commercial traffic ban impacting tractor-trailers and other large-scale trucks through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
What's Mother Nature got in store for the next couple days? Snow looks likely for Thursday night in the Canandaigua area, according to the National Weather Service, with a likely mix of rain and snow on Friday.