An early morning band of thunderstorms hit Western new York near 4 am, after an afternoon of drenching Wednesday in Niagara County.
"Heavy thunderstorms that did focus across Southern Niagara County yesterday afternoon, and across the areas from Niagara Falls to Lockport and Sanborn, it looks like up to three inches of rain fell," Ansuini says.
The July rainfall total of three inches at the airport weather station is not a record, but it has been abnormally cold this month.
"We have been in this really persistent cool weather pattern and right now we are a solid five degrees below normal for the month of July. If we stay in this pattern ... we could be in the top five for the coolest July on record."
- Meterologist Tony Ansuini, National Weather Service
AccuWeather says another shower or thunderstorm can occur any time Thursday, with a shower or thunderstorm in spots during the evening; otherwise, patchy clouds and fog and a high of 73 degrees tonight.
"Some of these thunderstorms could produce very heavy rainfall, some localized flooding and maybe even hail," Ansuini says.
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Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies say a Wheatfield woman is lucky after lightning struck her home Wednesday but missed her.
Deputies responded to 7066 Brian Lane around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and found the homeowner visibly shaken.
Deputies say the lightning bolt entered the home through the living room ceiling causing a hole and scattering plaster around the living room. They say the woman was sitting on the living room couch at the time and believed she may have been struck.
After being evaluated by Tri-Community Paramedics, deputies say it appears that she was not struck and did not need further treatment. St. Johnsburg Fire responded and determined that a fire was not ignited by the strike.