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Region cleans up after fast-moving thunderstorm

Region cleans up after fast-moving thunderstorm

Region cleans up after fast-moving thunderstorm
A storm on Sunday destroyed Niskayuna Rowing boats worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCOTIA — The region played clean-up on Monday in the aftermath of a fast-moving thunderstorm that tore a swatch of destruction through Schenectady, Scotia and Glenville and left as many as 12,000 people without power.

The storm left a mess at Scotia's Collins Park, where village work crews worked through the morning to remove fallen trees and limbs.

At least three trees were felled entirely, including a tree uprooted at Freedom Park just steps from the bandstand, and another 40 to 50 large limbs came down throughout the park from the 4 p.m. Sunday storm, village Public Works Superintendent Jim Marx said.

"We're going to try to get everything cut up and chipped up," Marx said at the scene Monday.

New Tuesday: More storms knock out power, down trees in Schenectady, Saratoga counties

The damage was enough to force the postponement of Sunday night's Freedom Park concert, Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle said.

Trees down throughout Scotia and Glenville contributed to power outages in the area. 

Following the brief storm, 12,000 customers had lost service, said National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella, who said 11 poles incurred damage from falling trees.

National Grid reported fewer than five customers remained without power in Scotia and Glenville just after noon Monday.

As of mid-afternoon, roughly 400 customersin the region remained without power, including 300 in Clifton Park and 80 in Niskayuna.

“We’re hoping to get those online in the next several hours," Stella said.

The National Weather Service estimated winds from the storm topped 60 mph and radar suggested rainfall at between a half inch and an inch.

Meteorologist Joe Villani categorized the storm as a “severe thunderstorm that produced very strong winds.”

New Tuesday: More storms knock out power, down trees in Schenectady, Saratoga counties

Villiani said reports of downed trees centered largely in Schenectady and Niskayuna, with portions of the storm reaching into southern Saratoga County and Clifton Park.

In Schenectady, in addition to a tree that fell damaging the iconic Mike's Hot Dogs sign, damage was largely limited to the Erie Boulevard corridor and side streets, along with Van Vranken Avenue and the city's Northside, Assistant Schenectady Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

"It was a relatively small area," Mareno said.

By mid-morning, the tree at Mike's Hot Dogs had been removed and the restaurant was jam-packed with customers.

Rivers Casino and Resort was also affected when a clogged drain pipe sent out a blast of water into an outdoor smoking lounge and winds blew part of an umbrella through a hotel lobby window.

City officials couldn’t immediately provide the number of trees downed in the city.

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