Storms Ravage Putnam
Strong storms pelted Putnam Tuesday resulting in power outages to thousands of area residents.
Wind gusts of up to 55 mph accompanied by torrential downpours flooded roads, toppled trees, caused transformer explosions and kept emergency responders on the go around-the-clock.
At the height of the storm, NYSEG reported more than 23,000 Putnam residents without power. The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center answered more than 350 emergency calls. Every fire department from Carmel to Cold Spring was dispatched for a variety of alarms. The Brewster and Mahopac departments each handled 17 calls during the storm.
In Mahopac Falls, a tree fell onto a moving vehicle on Secor Road injuring its driver. A tree fell onto a house on Tower Road in the Hilltop Manor subdivision in Carmel.
Putnam Valley received so much wind damage that schools were forced to be closed Wednesday due to a lack of power and many roads impassable due to fallen trees.
Several secondary roads in Putnam Valley were closed due to flooding conditions.