Severe storm damage reported in Dutchess, Columbia Counties

May 15, 2018 11:34 PM


Strong winds brought down trees and power lines in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday. People there also saw golf ball sized hail and flash flooding.

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Though the storm has now passed, there's a big mess to clean up now. 

Many people think it was a tornado that came through Saugerties Tuesday afternoon. Though the National Weather Service hasn't confirmed that yet it wouldn't be surprising judging by the amount of fallen trees. In Columbia County, hail the size of golf balls made many who were out on the roads during this storm very nervous.

"Yeah I've never seen hail that size,” Dustin Vachon said.

Vachon pulled over in Clermont during the storm, after golf ball size hail started falling.

"I was really hoping that the glass wasn't going to break which it definitely sounded like it was about to but that was it,” Vachon said. “I was like thinking great you know we got a call my insurance company."

Luckily Vachon was not hurt, his truck did get a little dented by the hail, but he says his insurance will cover it.

Across the Hudson in Duchess County, heavy rain caused flash flooding downtown Saugerties. 
Just a few streets down Mike McGirr's home was narrowly missed by a tree his neighbors say was struck by lightning.

"Relieved it didn't hit the house, could've been worse, we got lucky,” McGirr said.

Though the tree did cause some damage, McGirr said it was minimal.

"Just the fence in my neighbors flower garden that's it, everything else seems to be intact,” he said.

Area schools did keep students longer to avoid heavy rain and hail during dismissal.

Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan Counties. The National Guard will be deployed to those areas to help with storm recovery. 


Severe weather swept through parts of the Capital Region Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it strong winds and hail.

The Tornado Watch, which was in effect for parts of the area until 8 p.m., was cancelled early.

So far, there haven't been any reports of tornadoes. However, NewsChannel 13 did get several pictures of large hail into our newsroom from just south of the immediate Capital Region.

NewsChannel 13's Emily Burkhard is taking a look at storm damage. She'll have a full report on, our 10 p.m. show on My 4 and NewsChannel 13 Live at 11.

You can get the latest First Warning Forecast here.


WNYT Staff

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