National Weather Service: Storm wasn't a tornado

Friday, July 4, 2014
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— The National Weather Service has determined that Thursday's winds were not from a tornado, but were instead “straight line” winds that maxed out at 100 mph and traveled 30 miles, from West Winfield in Herkimer County west to Minden in Montgomery County.

The winds left behind pockets of snapped and uprooted trees, downed power lines, and overturned a Tractor Trailer and toppled a barn on Fordsbush Road.

Thursday night’s storms left nearly 20,000 National Grid customers in eastern New York without power, the utility said in a news release.

National Grid crews worked through the night repairing downed wires and broken poles and restoring service after severe thunder and lightning storms and damaging high winds moved through the region, the utility said.

About 4,700 customers mainly in Fulton, Saratoga and Washington counties were still without power Friday morning, and about 200 NYSEG customers had no power in Washington County.

“This storm system brought with it very heavy winds that took down trees, which in turn brought down our power lines and poles,” said Dave Ethier, National Grid’s electric operations director for eastern New York. “We had crews working through the night and have additional crews working today, installing new poles and repairing wires. We expect that we will have most customers back on by this evening.”

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