Wind damage hits Lima, Livonia and Richmond
LIMA, NY (WROC) — Lima resident John Malachowsky said around 4:30 p.m. Thursday it looked like a freight train was passing through the area.
“We have a willow tree, we’ve lost a few branches, we’ve got trees in front of the house — that’s taken down enough to block the road for traffic, block my driveway,” Malachowsky said.
Besides some light damage to the house, he says that’s about it. Fortunately, no one got hurt.
A severe thunderstorm knocked out power to thousands of people in the Greater Rochester area Thursday, with strong winds sweeping through and a tornado watch in the area.
“I heard something like a fall, I was like ‘what just fell? “…I guess it was the tree,” Esther Slocumb said as she gazed at a downed tree on her family’s lawn in Livonia.
His brother Jacob Slocumb says no one was hurt here either. But the cleaning duty is immense.
“It just seemed to go through like a tornado and just whip through all the branches,” Jacob said.
Electricity in Livonia and the city of Richmond was cut with lines littering the roads. For Margaret Cooper in Canandaigua, their power was also offline.
“My husband is getting the generator ready because it looks like we won’t have power for at least a day or two,” Cooper said.
But, there is a better side to all this according to Malachowsky in Lima. He says that thanks to the kindness of the community here and the friends of the church, he doesn’t clean up on his own.
“And that’s the silver lining of that terrible cloud, that’s how neighbors and people I don’t even know stopped and helped get stuff off the street,” he said. declared.
Other areas were greeted by golf ball sized hail. Parts of Victor and Farmington faced a 30-minute period of rain and hail.
On Friday morning, there were still hundreds of Greater Rochester area residents without power. One the victim of the widespread outage was Geneseo Centralwhich was forced to close classrooms on Friday and send students to Livonia for the Regents exam.