Wet and windy Friday causes outages, delays and postpones sports events

    (Photo: Ryan Koller)

    Heavy rain and winds pounded parts of our area Friday evening – but for most, the storm didn’t last for very long.

    Others, however, dealt with power outages, blocked roads and other inconveniences left behind.

    Our crews got caught up in some of the stormy weather in various parts of our area. In Genesee County, the rain moved through quickly – making way for a colorful rainbow.

    (Photo: Ryan Koller)

    (Photo: Ryan Koller)

    (Photo: Ryan Koller)

    (Photo: Ryan Koller)

    The storms moved eastward, crossing over the City of Rochester after 6 p.m. – and leaving it drenched. There were no reports, however, of serious damage.

    Outside 13WHAM's studios in Henrietta, rain came down steadily for several minutes.

    As the storm headed further east, a tornado warning was briefly declared for portions of Ontario County. The National Weather Service says a tornado never did touch down, but the storm still managed to leave its mark in East Bloomfield.

    There, crews were tending to downed power lines. Teagan McNiece’s neighborhood on East Main Street lost power. Neighbors were seen walking around with flashlights as crews cut power to downed lines and worked to remove a downed tree.

    “I appreciate being close to all my neighbors, ‘cause we are all close here,” she told 13WHAM. “We always make sure we are okay here.”

    As for the brief tornado warning, she said, “The tornado warning is scary cause here we are used to rain. High wind storms are nothing too serious.”

    McNiece and her neighbors weren’t the only ones who lost power. At the peak of the outages, RG&E reported more than 1,100 combined in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Livingston Counties, while NYSEG reported more than 2,200 in Livingston, Seneca, Steuben, Wyoming and Yates Counties.

    Even Friday night sports weren’t spared from the storms. 20 games were scheduled Friday night, and 13WHAM’s sports team reports most of them were delayed or postponed due to rain.

    When there’s a threat of bad weather, school athletic directors, along with a school’s superintendent, usually speak with each other to decide what their options are. They can include moving up game start times, or outright postponement.

    Rush Henrietta faced off against Hilton Friday evening. The athletic directors of both schools spoke earlier in the day and mutually agreed to keep kick-off at 7 p.m.

    Still, Rush Henrietta High School Athletic Director Thomas Stewart says there’s always a plan in place to keep students and fans safe.

    “On the loudspeaker, there would be directions for spectators, and the spectators, for most school districts, their designated area would be the gymnasium,” he said. “It’s the largest area to house everyone. We’ve done that a few times, and it’s a challenge to get everybody in. Some people elect to go to their car. I know that, sometimes, a team will have a different plan; perhaps, they get on a bus. But, for the most part, it’s a designated area in the school.”

    The Hilton/Rush Henrietta game did go on Friday, and was one of the few games that was not impacted by the weather.

    13WHAM received a number of viewer-submitted photos Friday evening. You can see some of them below. Don't forget, you can submit your photos at 13wham.com/chimein.

    Clarkson, New York (Photo: Michelle Pagano)

    Clarkson, New York (Photo: Michelle Pagano)

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