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WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Allegany County has been getting hit hard with torrential rain on Friday.
Not a whole lot of road closures have come to the attention of News 4, but drivers were certainly stopped in their tracks as flooded roads blocked their paths.
One of the roads that closed was in Cuba — specifically Rt. 446 in between Bull St. and Lake St.
Many residents have started pumping water from their cellars. Check out the gallery below to see Allegany County and the surrounding area through the eyes of locals.
This morning, we’re waking up to very chilly temperatures, especially across the Southern Tier. Overnight lows fell into the mid 30s and low 40s but with the stiff breeze, wind chills feel more like the mid 20s! Winds will stay gusty throughout the day. They will be sustained between 10-20 miles per hour until evening when they finally die down. Expect mainly dry conditions along with some limited sunshine especially throughout the morning.
By evening late, expect clouds to fill in ahead of a weak disturbance moving in. This will bring some light showers mainly south and east of Buffalo and a reinforced shot of chilly air. Those unfortunate weather conditions stick around for the beginning of the work week, where we see a roller coaster ride. Some days temperatures will be in the 40s. Other days, especially towards the end of the week, temperatures will climb close to 60.
The weekend right now, looks 50/50. Saturday looks dry while Sunday will be unsettled. Both days will be seasonably warm.
TODAY: Cool and Breezy, Partial Sunshine, Mainly Dry, High: 58, Low: 44.
MONDAY: Cool, Morning Rain Showers taper to a few spotty afternoon showers, High: 51, Low: 37.
TUESDAY: Partly Sunny, Cool, High: 49, Low: 35.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 52, Low: 38.
THURSDAY: Cloudy with rain moving in, High: 56, Low: 44.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with showers likely. High: 58.
SATURDAY: Mix of Clouds and Sunshine, Mainly Dry, High: 57, Low: 47
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One firefighter had to be brought to the hospital from the scene of an overnight house fire, according to a chief at the scene.
The fire started in a house on Wade Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
The fire started in the first floor of the home, where firefighters found a gas can, according to Tom Reddington, Battalion Chief.
Investigators will look at whether the gas can played any role in the fire, said Reddington.
Damages to the building are estimated at $60,000, with $10,000 in damage to the contents of the building.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Lockport police are remaining very tight-lipped regarding an investigation into a house fire. Holly Seiler, 54, was found dead inside her home at 605 E. High Street on Thursday morning.
“She was a loving mother,” said Caleb Bell, Seiler’s ex-husband. “She did all she could do. It’s just a bad situation.”
A situation Seiler’s family still has many questions about. Just hours before the house fire, police were at Seiler’s home responding to an altercation between the 54-year-old and her live-in boyfriend, Bell tell us.
“The police said they were handling it and they were working on that until all of this came about,” said the victim’s former husband.
This meaning the fire. That call came into dispatch just after 3:30 Thursday morning. We asked Lockport Fire if the incident appears suspicious, they couldn’t say but did add that they handed over their investigation to police because, by law, they must do so if they find anything legal violations.
“I’m putting my trust in the Lockport police to get all the facts together and at the end of the day we will see,” said Bell. “I’m hoping to get to the bottom of this for the kids sake.”
Seiler leaves behind two children, a son, 34, and a daughter, 24.
A public art display was officially unveiled in Niagara Falls Saturday.
19 murals make up “Art Alley,” which connects 3rd St. to the alleyway behind the businesses. It was sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls, and several local businesses on 3rd street.
Around 6:30 p.m., while covering the event, a News 4 photographer and reporter were assaulted. The News 4 photographer was taken to the hospital with injuries, and the reporter suffered minor injuries.
A News 4 producer saw the beginning of the altercation in the control room at the station before the camera went black.
The producer said she heard someone ask the crew to give them money and the camera. The team in the field said they were cornered in the alley by four men who threatened them with a gun. The News 4 crew said they never saw a gun but two men did physically attack them.
Niagara Falls Police confirm they have arrested 26-year-old Evan Stafford and charged him with several felonies and misdemeanors, including felony assault and attempted robbery.
Police tells News 4 they are still looking for several other suspects.
According to Chief Bryan DalPorto, the men who attacked the News 4 crew were intoxicated. He said the 400 block of 3rd street is generally a safe area and this is an isolated incident.
LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A growing number of school districts in Western New York are getting results back from water quality testing, and they are detecting elevated levels of lead.
Testing showed an elevated level of lead in samples from a variety of sources, including drinking fountains and sink faucets.
Here are the schools which showed elevated levels of lead in some water sources:
Elevated levels were also discovered in the Forestville, Williamsville, and Cleveland Hill Elementary schools. The State of New York now requires all public school districts to test for lead in the drinking water at the beginning of the school year.
Parents were told in letters that all affected sources of water were immediately turned off and will remain off until lead levels are confirmed to be below the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion.
Lisa Almasi, Acting Lackawanna Superintendent, says that follow up testing is currently being done to determine where the lead is coming from and that the lead is not coming from the water itself.
The schools cited the EPA, which says lead can contaminate the water from eroding materials containing lead like faucets and pipes. The districts says parents who are concerned should talk to their family doctor.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Earlier this week, four local restaurants were raided and closed amid the arrests of dozens of people. As of Friday morning, at least one of them is back open.
A number of people could be seen inside La Divina on Delaware Ave. on Friday. That restaurant, as well as Agave, El Agave and Don Tequila were raided on Tuesday in relation to a criminal investigation.
Among the 25 arrested were the businesses’ owner, 42-year-old Sergio Mucino. He, along with two other men who helped run the restaurants, Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, 37, and Marguin Sanchez, 22, were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.
It is not clear who is running La Divina since Tuesday’s arrests.
LITTLE GENESEE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two adults and a young child are being helped by the Buffalo Red Cross following a house fire.
The fire happened on Low Street in Little Genesee around 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Boliver Fire Department tells News 4 the home is not a complete loss and no one was home when it started.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters predict this winter may paint the U.S. in stripes of different weather: Warmer and drier than normal in the south, and colder and wetter than usual in the far north.
The National Weather Service winter outlook , issued Thursday, gets murky in the nation’s middle belt, with no particular expectation for trends in temperature or precipitation.
Still, some nasty storms might make the winter there memorable, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the weather service’s Climate Prediction Center.
The major driver of the winter forecast is a budding La Nina, a cooling of the central Pacific that warps weather worldwide and is the flip side of the better-known El Nino, Halpert said.
For the South and California, “the big story is likely to be drought,” Halpert said.
And that’s not good news for California, which is in year five of its drought. The winter is the state’s crucial wet season when snow and rain gets stored up for the rest of year. Halpert said the state’s winter looks to come up dry, especially in Southern California.
“It’s probably going to take a couple of wet winters in a row to put a big dent into this drought now,” said weather service drought expert David Miskus. He said it will take “many, many years and it’s got to be above normal precipitation.”
The northern cold band that the weather service predicts is mostly from Montana to Michigan. Maine is the exception, with unusually warm weather expected.
The prediction center’s track record on its winter outlooks is about 25 percent better than random chance for temperature and slightly less than that for precipitation, Halpert said.
Private weather forecasters are predicting quite a different winter. They foresee a harsher one for much of the nation, including a return of the dreaded polar vortex, which funnels cold Arctic air into the U.S.
Judah Cohen of Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, Massachusetts, forecasts an unusually cold winter for the eastern and middle two-thirds of the nation, especially raw east of the Mississippi River.
Cohen, whose research is funded by the National Science Foundation and closely followed by meteorologists, links North America’s winter weather to Siberian snow cover in October.
He agrees that Maine will have a warm winter, and also predicts a warm Southwest.
The private Accuweather of State College, Pennsylvania, calls for frequent storms in the Northeast, early snow in the Great Lakes, bitter cold in the northern tier and occasional cold in the middle. Like other forecasters, it predicts a warm and dry southwest, with some hope for rain and snow from San Francisco northward.