Thousands lose power due to Irene
Putnam County has been hammered by Hurricane Irene's effects, and the storm isn't over yet. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, about 35,000 people -- one-third of the county's population -- were without power.
Numerous road closures were reported throughout the county, both east and west. Wires have fallen on cars.
At least two structure fires were going on Sunday morning, one in Patterson and one in Brewster, but firefighting efforts were complicated due to difficulty in getting equipment to the scene. Many roads have one or several downed trees across them, including Route 301 near Carmel, which also had electrical wires on fire.
"The winds were unbelievable," said Courier and PCN&R reporter Eric Gross. "Howling all night long. Just unbelievable."
-- Douglas Cunningham