Hurricane force winds hit Rochester region; 144,119 without power

    A tree fell on these wires Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Bilal B.)

    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Hundreds of thousands of people are without power as of Thursday morning.

    Winds of this magnitude cause substantial damage to trees and powerlines with more than 144,119 customers for RG&E and National Grid out of power. Most of the outages are centered in Greece, Rochester and Penfield.

    High wind gusts are forecast through this evening in western New York. The entire region is under a High Wind Warning through 10 p.m.

    Dozens of schools, daycares, colleges, and churches have cancelled their afternoon and evening activities; you can check that list here.

    Several reports of downed wires and wind gusts of up to 81 MPH are being reported across the Rochester region.

    Monroe County and Wayne County lifted unnecessary travel bans Thursday morning. Monroe County is encouraging people to refer to their local municipalities for information on travel restrictions.

    The Towns of Greece and Irondequoit are still in a state of emergency this morning as crews work to fix downed power lines.

    There are dozens of traffic lights out across the region, police are reminding people to treat these intersections as four way stops.

    Peak gusts today:
    ROC Airport 81 mph
    Batavia 74 mph
    Brockport 67 mph
    Warsaw 60 mph
    Medina 60 mph

    At least eight flights have been diverted from the Greater Rochester International Airport. You can check the status of your flight HERE.

    The New York State DOT is recommending no empty tractor trailer drive on the New York State Thruway Wednesday until the wind dies down.

    Photos of the damage from the wind are being displayed here:

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    Outage information for RG&E customers and National Grid customers can be found at their respective websites.

    13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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