Widespread storm damage blamed on macroburst

May 19, 2017 06:50 PM

The National Weather Service is now confirming Thursday night's widespread damage in Warren and Washington Counties was caused by what's called a macroburst and straight line winds up to 90 miles per hour.

The Washington County public safety director says the storm was the most destructive he's seen since Irene in 2011.

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People spent the day cleaning up and assessing the mayhem. Among the casualties was one barn that was destroyed and another that was damaged. 

A Toyota minivan and a Honda Accord were casualties of a storm that dropped a Maple tree on Sagamore Street in Glens Falls.

The storm moved through at around 7:30 and trees were no match. Adirondack Tree Surgeons crews were running to keep up.

"I would imagine, they'll probably stop calling probably sometime around Sunday or Monday of next week," surmised Phil Viger with Adirondack Tree Surgeons.

Judging from the damage through Warren and Washington Counties, it looked like it moved in a swath from west to east, toppling or uprooting trees. On County Line Road in Queensbury, the root ball was so massive it tossed aside two trucks and a tractor. AngioDynamics, a medical device manufacturer, lost part of its roof.

Farther up County Line near Chestnut Ridge and Sanford Ridge, Jason Cross and his boys were hoping power would return soon and thankful that the trees that fell all around them left their home relatively unscathed.

"Then I looked out my deck window and visibility was gone and the trees just started snap, snap, snap they were just dropping and it was scary," admitted Cross.

A little to the east, on Kingsbury Road in Kingsbury a generator helps keep things running at Deep Roots Holsteins after winds knocked down one barn and damaged other, scattering pieces of roofs hundreds of yards away.

"The rain coming right sideways and about 10 minutes and it was over with," recalled Albert Marns of Deep Roots Holsteins.

The farmer there says he's prepared to be without power for several days, but he hopes he's not.


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