Niagara Gazette — General post-storm consensus in the Niagara Falls area: Not as bad as it could have been.
Tuesday morning, just hours after a super storm that ravaged New York City, New Jersey and other parts of the Eastern seaboard rolled into Niagara County, officials in and around the Falls reported some downed trees and pockets of power loss, but otherwise no serious problems.
"I think we dodged a bullet on this," Mayor Paul Dyster said early Tuesday.
Lake Ontario shoreline communities like the Town of Wilson - which braced for the brunt of the storm in the western end of the county - emerged relatively unscathed.
"We survived the storm extremely well," said Joe Jastrzemski, Wilson supervisor.
Jastrzemski and other officials in Wilson prepared Monday morning for what forecasters predicted would be a significant weather event involving winds gusting up to 60 mph and waves on the lake topping 10 feet. Officials in both the village and the town encouraged residents, especially those living on the lakeshore, to take all necessary precautions and, in some areas, seek shelter elsewhere during the storm.
Jastrzemski said officials wanted to air on the side of caution as the storm approached. He thanked residents for their patience and emergency crews for their diligence.
"We planned for the worst and were hoping for the best and we feel very fortunate," he said.
While East Coast communities like New York City were rocked by the full force of Hurricane Sandy, Niagara County and the rest of Western New York dealt only with the outer reaches of the storm which spanned nearly 1,000 miles at its peak on Monday. In the Falls area Monday evening and into Tuesday morning, the rain was heavy at times and the wind gusted into the 40-mph range, but weather conditions were not as bad as some had feared.