2012-07-12 / Front Page

Massive Storm Pelts Putnam on Sunday

Most power to eastern part restored
By Eric Gross

Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds and cloud-to-ground lightning knocked out electricity to large sections of Kent, Lake Carmel, Patterson and Southeast Sunday.

The storm resulted in "tornado-like conditions" in Lake Carmel, according to the Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported "straight-line winds, not a tornado, caused widespread damage."

In western Putnam, there were a few scattered outages and heavy rain. But in the east, Route 52 was closed from the Hill and Dale Country Club to Towners Road in Kent for most of the late afternoon and evening Sunday.

 Downed trees clogged Lakeshore Drive in Lake Carmel making travel impassable. Trees fell on homes in Lake Carmel, Brewster and Putnam Lake while lightning struck dwellings in Brewster, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Putnam Valley and Patterson. In Croton Falls a house was destroyed by fire resulting from a lightning strike despite the efforts of fire crews from Putnam and northern Westchester.

A home on Marshall Drive in Kent was inundated with mud when a hill gave way due to cascading water.

In Carmel several basements flooded due to the 2.5 inch rainfall in less than an hour.

A double whammy resulted when a second large cell of unstable weather barreled through the area on Sunday night knocking out electric service to the hamlet of Carmel.

The New York State Electric and Gas Company reported outages to more than 25,000 residents at the height of the storms. By Monday afternoon the number was down to 383 across eastern Putnam.



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