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Western New York dealing with severe winds ahead of Thanksgiving

The city says there's no change to the garbage schedule at this point and that the damage from the Halloween storm shouldn't get in the way.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — City of Buffalo leaders and first responders have been getting ready for the winds on Wednesday, wanting to keep things safe for travelers, shoppers, and those out enjoying the night before Thanksgiving.

The city closed the Erie Basin Marina and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park to both motorists and pedestrians on Wednesday evening.

A spokesperson also for the City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works says at least three traffic signals were out early Wednesday evening due to the weather. Those lights included the Main Street signal near the University at Buffalo South Campus, as well as at Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street.

Motorists who come across down traffic lights should treat those intersections as four-way stops.

A city spokesperson also said the forestry department has taken at least a dozen calls involving trees, mainly downed limbs or branches.

The city says there's no change to the garbage schedule at this point and that the damage from the last storm, around Halloween, shouldn't get in the way.

"We've cleaned up from the Halloween storm and have everything off the street related to that," Michael Finn, the Buffalo Department of Public Works commissioner, said on Wednesday.

"And we're into leaf pickup as well, which we also concluded, so we're ready to be able to dedicate our resources to this effort."

National Grid is also bringing in extra crews from out of state to help restore power for those who lose it, as the winds move in and trees come down on lines.

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