Strong winds cause downed trees, power outages

March 02, 2017 05:26 PM

ROTTERDAM - The wind picked up in Rotterdam just before midnight and then the power was out.

"I just heard a boom," recalled one resident.

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Two thousand customers were without power at one point during her morning after a tree came down on Sherman Street. Bert Craven was brushing his teeth, getting ready for bed.

"Then I heard a thump and the lights went out. They came back on for a short time and then there was another thump and they went out for good," he described.

Crews were taking care of the tree that came down, but as of early Thursday afternoon, National Grid crews had to take care of a power line. They also had to secure snapped poles in the area.

Crews were worried the power line could fall across the highway, but the poles were caught in trees, then eventually secured by National Grid trucks as they worked. NewsChanel 13 caught workers between shifts.

Police put up road flares to slow traffic down on 890 just in case. Power was expected to be back on in the early afternoon.

Busses were delayed in the hilltowns. A power outage caused Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools to have a two-hour delay. By 7:30, the power was back on.

By mid-morning, the Glenville area was having issues. You could smell the pine after a tree snapped, fittingly at Conifer Park on Glenridge Road.

A mile or so away in an Alplaus alley, an old tree limb couldn't take the force of the wind.

That takes us back to Route 50 where a mammoth evergreen got taken down right in front of a dojo.

NewsChannel 13’s Asa Stackel asked Craven what he thought of the sudden shift from warm and sunny to cold and snowy in less than a day. "Never thought I'd live this long to see all this honest to God," he laughed.


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