Some Capital Region homes and businesses lost power Wednesday night as strong thunderstorms swept through the area.
A strong thunderstorm moved east through Rotterdam shortly before 10 p.m. at 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The storm moved through Schenectady, Niskayuna, Burnt Hills and Clifton Park around the same time.
Farther north, in Saratoga County and the southern Adirondacks, a blast of strong rain tapered before 10 p.m. but lightning continued later into the night.
The National Weather Service, in a special weather statement, warned that the storm was bringing torrential rainfall in some areas and that localized flooding was a risk. The statement also warned about frequent lightning, which could strike as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm.
About 3,000 National Grid customers were affected by power outages as of 10:15 p.m., according to the company's power outage map. Schenectady was a focus of the outages, with over 400 customers impacted by outages.
Before moving closer to Schenectady, the thunderstorms swept across Montgomery, Schoharie and other counties on the western edge of the Capital Region.