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Storms cause scattered damage across region

Storms cause scattered damage across region

Regionwide, weather service was expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain
Storms cause scattered damage across region
The giant ice cream cone atop the Farmer's Daughters' Drive-In outside Schuylerville was toppled by wind.
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The line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across the Capital Region early Monday afternoon did scattered damage and knocked out power in a few places, with some of the most intense winds blowing from Saratoga County into Washington County.

Between Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville, strong gusts toppled the giant decorative ice cream cone that is a fixture atop the Farmer's Daughters' Drive-In, a longtime seasonal ice cream stand on state Route 29.

The damage is cosmetic, and business won't be affected, manager Casey Hunter said Monday afternoon.

"It looks like it might have broken one of the lights," she said.

What happened at the restaurant was among the most visible signs of damage as a line of storms rolled quickly through the region, followed for the most part by a few hours of steady rain with little wind. The National Weather Service had severe thunderstorm and flood watches in place for all of eastern New York, but canceled them early Monday evening as the storm moved into New England.

There were also power outages. About 400 customers in East Glenville lost power about 3:15 p.m., with restoration by early evening. Meanwhile, in Washington County, much of the county — more than 3,800 customers — lost power from early afternoon until about 6:30 p.m. Scattered outages remained.

Regionwide, the weather service was expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain, with some locally intensive storms delivering more. In the end, the official weather service measurement at Albany International Airport was 0.91 inches — though many spots across the region unofficially recorded 1.5 to 2 inches.

For the month of June, the airport has measured 3.43 inches of rain, nearly an inch more than normal, said Dan Thompson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

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Clouds move in over Schenectady on Monday. (Jeff Wilkin)

Brief high winds — 40 mph or more — were part of Monday's package, as a moisture-laden cold front coming from the west collided with the warm air that came into the region over the weekend.

The sun is expected to return Tuesday, though there remains a 30 percent chance of showers — much less intense showers than Monday's — in the afternoon. There's some risk of thunderstorms almost daily through this coming weekend, though Thompson isn't predicting anything severe.

"It looks like it will settle down over the next few days," he said.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, swilliams@dailygazette.net or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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