Capital Region

Gusts of 50 mph cause scattered power outages across region

A high-wind warning was in effect for the region until 5 a.m. Thursday
A fallen pine tree completely blocks Pruyn Hill Road in Halfmoon before 1 a.m. Thursday, April 5.
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A fallen pine tree completely blocks Pruyn Hill Road in Halfmoon before 1 a.m. Thursday, April 5.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

Wind gusts topped 50 mph Wednesday night as a blustery storm made its way through upstate New York, causing sporadic power outages across the Capital Region.

Peak wind gusts at Albany International Airport clocked in at 49 mph as of 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Albany. Winds in Cobleskill, Johnstown, Broadalbin also neared 50 mph, while high winds in areas to the east of the Capital Region topped 50 mph. 

A high-wind warning is in effect for the region until 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to the weather service, which predicted winds of 25 mph to 35 mph and gusts as high as 65 mph overnight.

The high winds also appeared to cause power outages for thousands of households in the region, according to the National Grid power outage map.

While the outages didn’t appear to be widespread Wednesday night, small and large outages were cataloged around Great Sacandaga Lake, north of Saratoga Springs, near Ballston Spa and in parts of Schoharie County. As of Thursday morning, around 6,350 customers were without power, with the majority in Saratoga County and Fulton County. 

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said it received over 250 calls between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday reporting trees down, trees in roadway, trees on cars and several trees on houses.

A Gazette copy editor on his way home from work had to make a detour when he encountered a large pine tree completely blocking Pruyn Hill Road in Halfmoon just north of the intersection with Farm to Market Road around 1 a.m. on Thursday.

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