Spring storm brings power outages, downed trees to the area

A motorcycle can be seen pinned under a tree that fell taking down wires and blocking County Route 102, Phelps Street Extension, during Friday night’s severe thunderstorm. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE —The first major spring storm of the year blew through Fulton County on Friday, causing thousands of power outages and numerous reports of trees and wires down through out the area.

The storm came to Gloversville at approximately 7:45 p.m. The storm brought with it strong winds that lead to many of the area’s issues.

Following the storm, the high winds continued to howl.

A tornado watch was in effect for a time period on Friday, before changing over to a high wind advisory by 9:45 p.m.

Scanners were active, with calls about trees down on power lines almost as soon as the storm rolled in. These downed limbs and trees causing road closures across the county.

Several of the downed power lines caused small fires.

Calls were made to close a portion of Route 10 near New Turnpike Road. South Shore Road in Edinburgh, Saratoga County was impassable because of fallen trees.

The Fulton County Civil Defense/Fire Coordinator’s office was reporting a number of roads across the county were closed due to the storm damage.

More than 7,000 people across Fulton County were reported to be without power, according to the Fulton County Civil Defense/Fire Coordinators office.

As of 9:15 p.m., National Grid was reporting 1,929 without power in the town of Caroga area, 1,627 power outages in the Benson area, 2,350 in the Northville area, 1,848 in the area of Fish House and 880 in the Stratford area.

An additional 732 outages were reported east of the village of Mayfield, and 274 outages around the town of Oppenheim.

Additional outages were scattered about the southern portion of Fulton County as well.

In Hamilton County, 845 power outages were reported between the towns of Hope and Wells and 2,028 outages were reported between the towns of Speculator and Arietta.

Several reports came in of trees on cars or motorcycles. At least one house was struck by a downed tree.

In the city of Gloversville, plaster came off of a downtown building, ending up on South Main Street. An old school house on McKinley Place was said to have lost its roof.

Weather is supposed to be better today however, with the National Weather service predicting mostly sunny skies with temperatures in 70’s.

By Kerry Minor

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