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Storms rumble through, knocking out power to 6,000

Storms rumble through, knocking out power to 6,000

Outage shuts branch of Schenectady County Public Library
Storms rumble through, knocking out power to 6,000
Storms move toward Albany International Airport on Monday.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

Close to 6,000 National Grid customers in the Capital Region were without power at the height of outages Monday evening as a series of sometimes-severe thunderstorms swept through the region, putting some spots under a flood warning.

Part of state Route 67 west of Mechanicville was closed due to flooding, according to the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.

National Grid reported that more than 4,000 customers were out of power early Monday evening on Saratoga Springs' East Side — and there were a scattering of outages elsewhere. About 700 customers were out in Charlton. The Rotterdam branch of the Schenectady County Public Library closed early due to a power outage.

The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Schenectady County and southeastern Saratoga County through 8:45 p.m., with an inch of rain already having fallen as of 6 p.m., and another inch possible before the cold front was done moving through.

There's a 20 percent chance of isolated storms Tuesday, according to the weather service.

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