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Winds damage historic building in western NY, cause outages

January 12, 2020 GMT

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — High winds were blamed for thousands of power outages and the partial collapse of the historic Williams Opera House in the Wyoming County village of Attica early Sunday.

A large section of the opera house’s brick rear wall collapsed around 6:30 a.m., causing part of the second floor to collapse, according to Attica police.

The building was constructed in 1879 and is part of the national Exchange Street Historic District in Attica.

High winds were generated by a cold front sweeping spring-like weather out of the region. Gusts brought down tree branches that knocked out power to about 38,000 people in upstate New York early Sunday.