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Storm shuts down Monroe County

Rochester, N.Y. -- Snow started falling early Wednesday morning, leading to the first blizzard in 15 years in the Rochester area.

"You know, this morning I was actually making fun of the big warning," said Scott Azwell, who was walking his dog, Blue, in the storm. "But by about the time that the wind hit me and someone had to pick me up off the street, I became a believer it's a pretty good storm."

Monroe County remained under a state of emergency Wednesday night. County Executive Maggie Brooks said the county would reevaluate it Thursday around 5 a.m. The county recommended no unnecessary travel as part of that state of emergency. 

Many people stayed off the roads Wednesday. Interstate 490 is usually bumper to bumper during rush hour, but only a handful of vehicles were on the road Wednesday. 

For those unable to get out, Tom Kehoe of Rochester was coming to their rescue and helping them get moving.

Kehoe said while the weather was miserable to be in, he didn't mind lending a hand.

"People should help each other," he said. "We're all neighbors here in Rochester, small town, you've got to help people."

 
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