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Severe storms, damaging winds, and tornado warning end summer with a bang (photos & video)

Officials report that power has been restored to nearly all of those who lost it Friday night, as strong storms – packing an intense punch moved through the Finger Lakes.

While the rain didn’t last long, strong winds pushed out ahead of a squall line, which had been expected to form throughout the day by forecasters.

As it moved through the area – between 6 and 10 pm – it brought cooler air, as fall officially kicks off.

The storms even prompted a brief tornado warning for parts of Ontario County. The County ultimately reported minimal damage from the storm, which didn’t produce a tornado. The line of storms extended all the way from the northern shores of Lake Ontario – down through the Pennsylvania border.

Mark Mitchell and his wife were out shopping in Canandaigua at the time.

“We were in Wegmans and there was an announcement that said, ‘You better stay in the store, all employees and shoppers should stay in the store for the next half hour,’” Mitchell explained.

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.

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