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BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — The 7 Weather team tracked the severe weather as severe storms and at least one confirmed tornado ripped through western New York State on Wednesday.

19:45 Update

Cleanup efforts have already begun in the town of Arkwright and the hamlet of Forestville. Emergency crews in Forestville said the first emergency call about fallen trees came in just before 12:30 p.m., followed by dozens of calls about damage in the area.

Fallen trees and roofs of houses in Chautauqua County after a possible tornado

The property owners in the town of Eden are looking to rebuild after their farm was destroyed. This is not the first time Mammoser Farms has had to rebuild. They lost barns in Snowvember 2014.

Property owners in town of Eden promise recovery after farm destroyed by possible tornado

As of 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, NYSEG reported 4,587 customers without power, including 2,331 in Erie County. In addition, National Grid reported 9,405 customers without power, including 189 in Erie County. You can track the outages here.

16:35 Update

7 News Anchor Ed Drantch spoke with the National Weather Service and learned that someone is on the way to southern Erie County to assess the damage.

The NWS said that due to the high number of tornado reports, they would be on-site to check for damage and analyze videos and images.

Drantch asked if there was a time frame to determine if a tornado had actually touched down. He was told that we could get preliminary information in the next few hours.

4pm Update

7 News obtained video from Brandon Mead in Arkwright showing the roof of a home on Henry Road being ripped off by a possible tornado. Homeowners tell 7 News everyone is OK. You can watch the video below.

Roof of a house in New York torn off by possible tornado

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said several homes and barns were damaged along Route 75/Sisson Highway and everyone was asked to stay away so debris could be cleared.

3:15 p.m. Update

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the city of Eden is under a state of emergency.

Poloncarz says there has been significant damage to several farms. He also says several barns are a total loss.

Numerous animals were also injured.

The town of Eden is under a state of emergency after possible tornadoes caused damage

2:30 p.m. Update

Chautauqua County officials told 7 News that damage was limited to the northeastern part of the county – Silver Creek, Hanover, Forestville. Trees were downed, some homes had their roofs blown off. There are currently no reports of injuries.

Power outages are being reported across the region following severe storms. You can track the outages here.

The New York State Police has released new images of the storm damage in Chautauqua and Erie counties.

New images show storm damage after tornadoes in western New York State

13:45 Update

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a statement on social media, saying he had spoken with Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Division of Homeland Security stands ready to assist.

According to Poloncarz, damage was reported in Eden, West Falls, Colden and Aurora.

7 News has spoken to officials in Hamburg and Eden, and there are currently no reports of injuries.


  • Reported property damage due to fallen trees and power lines
  • At some point, all city employees were moved to a basement or a central part of the building, where they were not housed near windows.


  • Several houses on Geary Road were “destroyed”
  • Damage was reported on Sauer Road and East Eden Road
  • On the Sisson Highway, a tree fell on a truck and the man inside had to be freed
  • Firefighters and police are on the highway to cut down trees and check houses

1:30 p.m. Update

A confirmed tornado hit western New York State on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl moved through the region.

The tornado touched down in the North Collins area early Wednesday afternoon. According to the 7 Weather team, this is the first tornado we’ve seen in the area since 2022.