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Waves of storms pass over WNY
One not far behind the other, multiple storms came in waves and made their way across western Monroe County Tuesday evening.
Some of the worst damage hit during the first storm lightning struck a home in Churchville and ignited a large fire just before 5 p.m.
The family of four got of the house just finebut the flames spread quickly. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire and while it wasnt a total loss, the home was badly damaged.
As soon as the fire was put out, another storm moved in. It was the start of a busy night for firefighters all over Monroe County.
By 7:30 p.m. two powerful storms had passed through the area and a rainbow spread across the skyfollowed by more dark clouds.
Cherie Holahan said, Big, big storm, really blowing and raining and thunder and lightning--quite spectacular.
The next round of storms caused more damage. Wind and heavy rain took down a tree on Canal Street in Spencerport. Lying across the sagging phone lines, the tree blocked both lanes of the road.
Neighbor Will Hunter said, Just crack, just pow and down it went and we didn't know what it was and then we realized it had to be a tree.
Crews worked to clear the road, cutting the tree into smaller pieces, but then the rain started again.
Holahan said, It's kind of fun to watch it roll in but it can get pretty scary and if the power goes out that's kind of a pain.
There were more than 1,000 power outages reported in Monroe County around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Crews said theyd be out to make repairs as soon as the weather let up.