County recovers from storms
Thousands of Putnam residents took cold showers and dressed in the dark this morning following a line of strong and violent thunder storms that came through the region between 6:15 a.m. and 8 a.m.
The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center received more than 175 calls reporting downed wires, transformer explosions, medical alert alarms becoming activated and trees down due to strong wind gusts, torrential rains and dangerous lightning strikes.
NYSEG crews were run ragged by a serious of power interruptions that occurred primarily in the Patterson and Kent area. By noon, all but 250 of the affected customers had power restored.
Brewster, Carmel, Lake Carmel, Patterson, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Putnam Valley, Continental Village and Garrison Fire Departments were summoned for a variety of emergency calls.
State Police reported slower than normal traffic on Routes 84, 684, 9 and 9D due to the inclement weather. A section of Fair Street near Simpson Road in Carmel was closed due to a downed transformer while Route 311 in the vicinity of Terry Hill Road in Lake Carmel was closed when a major power line was ruptured by a falling tree.