Second round of storms leaves thousands without power in Capital Region

July 30, 2019 02:28 PM

NewsChannel-13 spent a good part of the day in Schenectady County as people cleaned up from the storms that rolled through Monday night. Over 1,300 homes were without power as the day begn.

Power was also out in portions of Albany, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties.


In Rotterdam, Bayberry Rd. in the Colonial Manor subdivision was hardest hit. Power was finally restorned around noon after crews from National Grid, Altec, BHI Energy and Lewis Tree Service worked for much of the morning.

"I heard the sirens and the thunder and the lightning," said Caroline Garhartt of Rotterdam. "The thunder was unbelievable."

Ron Miller and his 11-year old grandson Noah removed branches from their front yard before 8 a.m. and said they saw a minivan try to drive over downed wires last night.

"I'm just glad the storm's over," said Noah.

"There was a big lightning flash and then power line flash and all of a sudden, whuummp and then trees are down, neighbors are starting to come out and look," said Ron.

Clean up and power crews were seen in Schenectady on Ardsley Rd. and Garner Rd. near Schenectady High School, at Union College near the football field on Lenox Rd. and Dorwaldt Blvd. in Niskayuna plus Thompson and Guilderland Ave. in Rotterdam.

Also in Rotterdam at the corner of Mayflower and Priscilla a big tree came down across a driveway, nearly hitting the cars parked in the half-circle driveway.

To see storm damage from across the Capital Region, click on John Craig's report.


Samantha Hesler

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