Hundreds still without power after storms

Hundreds of people in the Capital Region are still without power this morning after severe thunderst
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Hundreds of people in the Capital Region are still without power this morning after severe thunderstorms, lighting and heavy winds swept through the area late Sunday and early today.

National Grid reported that customers in Schenectady, Saratoga, Schoharie and Rensselaer counties were without power as of 8:45 a.m., but service was expected to be restored by mid-morning.

There were also scattered reports of trees and wires down from Guilderland and Niskayuna to Clifton Park.

On Sunday evening, the hardest hit areas were in Schenectady County, where 1,000 customers were without power, and Saratoga County, where 750 were without power, according to National Grid.

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the storms.

Funnel clouds was reported Sunday afternoon and the National Weather Service in Albany issued tornado warnings for Schenectady, northern Albany, southern Saratoga and northern Rensselaer counties between 4 and 5:30 p.m., said meteorologist Kevin Lipton. Trackers with the National Weather Service are checking around the region this morning to determine if any of the funnel clouds may have touched down.

Hail as large as two inches in diameter was reported in Niskayuna around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The rain came down awful heavy. It was fast moving and about a half-inch to an inch fell in a matter of minutes,” said Lipton.

The weather pattern remains active and there is a good chance of thunderstorms this afternoon with thunderstorms, heavy winds and hail possible. They will linger into early tonight, said Lipton.

On Tuesday, there’s a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and into the evening.

Categories: Schenectady County

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