NIAGARA FALLS, New York — There’s no police radio code for high wind in progress.
But that didn’t stop a Niagara Falls resident from phoning 911 to report that howling winds Tuesday were keeping them up and asking for help from police, the Buffalo News reported.
“All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from blowing so they could sleep,” a recording of area police radio captured the exasperated dispatcher telling officers. “If any of you guys could do that, could you let me know?”
In the clueless caller’s defense, the winds were pretty fierce late Tuesday and early Wednesday, clocking in at up to 40 miles per hour in Niagara Falls, according to the National Weather Service.
Trees, limbs and power lines came down across the region, and high winds knocked out power to 22,000 customers in neighboring Erie County, officials said. In Cheektowaga, N.Y., winds tore a 60-by-80-foot section of roof off a school gymnasium.