Strong winds rocked Central New York overnight with gusts reaching over 40 mph in many areas, knocking out power lines and traffic lights.

At the height of the storm, National Grid says more than 5,000 customers were without power in Onondaga County.

Strong winds also blew the roof off of Big Mama's Cheesecakes on Thompson Road in DeWitt.

“It took down some of the electrical and shut down the power,” said Big Mama's Cheesecakes owner Carrie Fanizzi.

The building is roughly 30 years old and a former pizzeria.

Fanizzi and her husband took about three months getting the place up and ready to open.

“We had to replace the hot water tank because everything is a little bit older but never thought about the roof," she said.

Sunday night’s winds took down power lines too.

This Thompson Road business had its power shut off after the wind pulled out the meter box.

“You don’t believe it until you see it and it was just incredible, incredible," Fanizzi said.

Though the roof repair will take some time, Carrie said they can open for businesses if they place a top on the roof and the electricity is turned on.

That way they can meet the Christmas rush.