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Picking Up After Damaging Winds

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Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour were prevalent throughout the Greater Rochester area Friday. It spread downed leaves and other debris across roadways, making for tricky traveling conditions.

On Breck Street on Rochester's east side, a large portion of a tree crashed into two homes. Norm Bounds was in his backyard when it happened.

Bounds was hit by branches and bricks from a chimney that was knocked down. Bounds says he fortunate not to be hurt.

"I'm a lucky human, I'll tell you boy. They can say Stormin' Norman, I'm a lucky man. I go to church, I pay my ties, boy let me tell you I'm a blessed human. This thing was something else man."

In Webster, a good sized limb broke off a tree on Colonial Drive. It landed in the roadway, making it impossible for traffic to get through before the Webster Highway Department came along to clean it up.

"I could feel the wind then all of a sudden the limb came crashing down," said Linda Cone, Webster.

With the aid of a chainsaw, the debris was quickly cleared allowing traffic to pass with no problem.

The high winds left tens of thousands of RG&E customers without power. The majority of the outages were reported in Chili, Ogden and Webster.

Portions of Webster were the hardest hit by power outages. Jon Maira, who lives on Adams Road, says it's becoming a common occurrence.

"If we don't get hit with ice storms, we get hit with high winds and it's usually two, three times a year here that we're out. It's an inconvenience but everyone here is probably pretty much used to it."

Maira says he'd like to see local utility companies bury their lines so the power stays on.

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE

Rochester Gas and Electric reports more than 17,000 customers do not have power in Monroe County.

The western part of the county has the most outages, with Ogden and Greece each reporting more than 3,000 without power.

There's no word yet on when power is expected to be restored.

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