Storms down trees, damage homes, knock out power

May 19, 2017 09:37 AM

NISKAYUNA – Thursday night’s storms downed several trees across the Capital Region, with many falling on power lines and a few falling on homes.

Two lanes were blocked on the northbound side of the Northway near Exit 13 because of a fallen tree. And trees also fell on several homes.

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A tree crashed down on a home in Niskayuna around 7:30 Thursday night. It was one of two instances NewsChannel 13 crews saw while looking for storm damage. In Niskayuna, the tree fell on the house while a father and son were inside watching television. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

“The next thing you know, we hear a big crash, house rocked, and look out the window and we see this tree fell on the house,” said homeowner Josh Meppen. Meppen and his son were watching television when the storm blew in. He said he heard the wind pick up just before the tree fell.

“Just a big bang and the floor shook and the house kind of, you saw everything rock and just a really scary moment,” said Meppen.

That wasn’t the only scary moment across the area. Another tree fell on a home on Mohawk Street in Cohoes. The next door neighbor says his daughter was outside when it came down. “We heard the storm blowing in so the wife called my niece who was out back with my daughter and literally two seconds later we heard the big bang,” said Jeremy Waldron.

Waldron’s daughter came running into the house, scared and screaming, moments later. “It sounded like a big collapse,” said Madeline Waldron.

Trees also blocked traffic, like on Morner Road in East Greenbush, and took down power lines across the area. At the height of the storm, nearly 30,000 customers were without power in the Capital Region.

The worst part about the storm for the Meppen family is they had just put the house on the market to sell it two weeks ago. Now they’re stuck cleaning up.


Ben Amey

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