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Storm sweeps through area, hit Waddington hard


WADDINGTON - A thunderstorm that swept through the area on Monday evening seems to have hit the village of Waddington the hardest, where several businesses in the village were damaged.

The storm, which hit the village at approximately 7:15 p.m. caused damage to the drive-through lane at Massena Savings & Loan, while also wreaking havoc across the street at the Kunoco IGA Foodmart.

The store’s large roadside sign suffered significant damage, with the lower portions advertising its deli being completely destroyed. The cover over the bays also suffered damage with paneling around the sign being ripped off and blown across the street, where portions of the paneling were discovered behind Murray’s Old Irish Inn, which escaped damage from the storm.

The storm, which approached the village from Massena also caused property damage to lawn of the Waddington Medical Center and several homes in the area.

Power was knocked out for nearly two hours and restored to affected residents shortly after 9 p.m. A check of National Grid’s website at 9:25 p.m. indicated there were no other outages reported in the county at that time.

Although the entire village was cloaked in heavy rains for roughly 15 minutes, the heaviest damage was limited to a small portion of the village along state Route 37 between Pine Street and Fenton Street.

“I don’t know if it was a micro burst or not, but I don’t know much about those weather terms,” said James LeFleur, a resident of Montgomery Heights,a side street located just beyond the IGA store towards Massena.

Mr. LeFleur said he and his wife were eating dinner as the storm approached, briefly doing so from the back porch of their home.

“I watched two storm cells come right at us,” he said. “We could see the storm coming from across the river.”

Mr. LeFleur had a large tree come down in the front yard of his home. Another large tree came down in the back yard of his neighbor’s home.

Mr. LeFleur said though that he didn’t see any of the damage actually happen.

“We ran back into the house because it was getting black and we couldn’t be outside anymore,” he said, adding a section of his roof was also peeled back.

Several other large trees in the vicinity of the bank, across the street from the IGA also came down, with one massive tree toppling to the ground, with it’s roots left facing the bank.

Crews from National Grid could be seen working in the area most damaged by the storm, as were volunteers from the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department.

An attempt to reach the department’s chief Monday night was not successful.

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