Midday Mayhem

Unexpected thunderstorms and strong winds blew through Chautauqua County on Tuesday afternoon, leaving many without power.

Outages occurred in Bemus Point, Kiantone and Lakewood, which was hit the hardest after a tree fell on a major power line on Southwestern Drive between Hunt Road and Fairmount Avenue just after 4 p.m.

Homes and businesses west of Southwestern Drive powered by National Grid were without electricity for roughly two hours after the tree fell. Workers responded to the downed power line around 4:30 p.m. and restored power to the area roughly an hour later.

According to an interactive power outage map on National Grid’s website, 241 customers between Fairmount Avenue and Baker Street in the vicinity of the downed tree were effected.

The Lakewood Fire Department used generators to restore power to traffic lights on Fairmount Avenue, which were out for 30 minutes at the intersections of Southwestern Drive, Mall Boulevard and Fairdale and Chautauqua avenues.

Kurt Hallberg, Lakewood fire chief, said there were no other reports of severe damage in the area.

In Falconer, strong winds and rain caused a tree to fall on a parked pickup truck at 341 E. Everett St. The tree also knocked down a power line as it fell.

Chris Doverspike, Falconer fire chief, said the truck obtained minimal damage.

The power lines, which were service lines going into the residence, were repaired by the Board of Public Utilities.

Doverspike added that the call “wasn’t anything out of the ordinary,” and that the only thing to really set it apart was that part of the tree came down on the truck.

Flooding in Stockton had fire officials pumping out basements, clearing roadways and nearly evacuating a trailer park.

“There’s a trailer park behind (the Stockton Fire Hall) that had some significant water, but nobody was evacuated,” said Tad McNeill, a Stockton firefighter and fire commissioner. “Water also came up into (Route 380) … one of the lanes was covered in a couple different spots. We also pumped a basement or two.”

McNeill said their first call for service was at 4:18 p.m. Their trucks were finally recalled shortly after 5 p.m.

After sweeping through the Southern Tier, the storm made its way to Rochester and Syracuse where it delivered 70-80 mph winds and caused widespread damage, according to Bob Hamilton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“The storms were caused by a cold front traveling through the Great Lakes,” he said. “Most of the thunderstorms were homegrown, and they pretty much developed in place.”

Reporters A.J. Rao and Mallory Diefenbach contributed to this story.