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October 31, 2012

Statistics speak to limited storm damage in area


“That’s why everything was a mess down there,” Kanack said. 

At JFK Airport last night, the wind gusted at a high of 79 mph. The city saw much less rain, however and wind caused the majority of the devastation. 

Although the Tonawandas didn’t see much damage, areas closer to the water, such as Olcott and Wilson did experience some destruction.

According to Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service, much of the damage there was due to the winds coming from a different direction than they normally do. 

“We did get what we expected in terms of that,” he said. “Many, many trees were down in the Southern Tier. They are used to the westerly component of the wind, so they are not anchored in as well when the wind comes from the other direction.”

Although the storm is now winding down, its effects will be seen in the area until the weekend, according to Mitchell.

“Rain will be continuing for the week,” he said. “We are going to see remnants of the storm moving toward us, but they are weakening. It will be a normal fall week, pretty much.”

But Kanack said he’s hopeful for a clear trick-or-treating night. 

“We might get a spit of rain, but it looks like it is going to be a good Halloween,” he said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.



Sandy Stats • North Tonawanda's high gust of wind measured at 47 mph at 5:52 a.m. Tuesday, with one coming in at 44.5 mph Monday at 7:51 p.m. • Comparatively, the hardest hit area of the county, New York City, had a high gust of 79 mph Monday night at 8 p.m. • North Tonawanda saw 2.93 inches of rain in the last four days. • New York City didn't see much rain in comparison, with wind and storm surge being the biggest factor.


Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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