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Storm caused only minor problems in Capital Region

Storm caused only minor problems in Capital Region

Some low-level flooding in western Montgomery County
Storm caused only minor problems in Capital Region
Pedestrians cross in front of the Jay Street Walkway as rain continues to fall Wednesday
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

CAPITAL REGION --The entire Capital Region was under a weather watch for most ofThursday, with the National Weather Service warning of possible minor flooding and power outages as a powerful East Coast storm touched the region.

A storm that National Weather Service officials are describing as a Nor'easter brought a widespread rainfall of three inches from Wednesday night through Thursday evening. The weather service office in Albany reported that as of 4 p.m., the Albany International Airport had received 3.23 inches inches of rain, with only a small amount expected after that.

In anticipation of the storm, there were concerns about minor river and stream flooding, and possible ponding in low-lying areas of poor drainage and where storm drains were blocked by fallen leaves.

In the end, though, problems turned out to minor.

The Mohawk River at Schenectady was expected to crest at just over 218 feet above sea level -- just below flood stage -- late Thursday night, according to the weather service.

Low-level flooding was reported Thursday morning along the Canajoharie Creek in Canajoharie. Elsewhere, a handful of roads were closed at times because of high water. But by 4 p.m., a flood watch had been cancelled for the heart of the Capital Region, although it remained in effect for Saratoga County and the southern Adirondacks as runoff drained from the mountains.

"As the storm begins to slowly move away, we will see improving conditions," National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Montgomery said early Thursday evening. "The bulk of the rain was yesterday [Wedenesday] evening, overnight, and into this morning."

Peak wind gust was 40 mph late Wednesday night at the airport, Montgomery said.

The Capital Region was on the outer edge of a coastal storm that left more than 500,000 people without power Thursday morning in eastern New England, with widespread delays or closures in eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to weather.com. The outages were due to a combination of heavy rain and high winds. In the Capital Region, wind gusts of 30 mph to 40 mph were seen.

The storm also knocked out power from North Carolina to Ohio overnight Wednesday, weather.com reported.

Locally, National Grid reported scattered small power outages in Saratoga, Schenectady and Montgomery counties Thursday morning. New York State Electric and Gas had small outages in Saratoga, Rensselaer and Washington counties.

Schenectady, Albany, Latham, Waterford, Glens Falls, Palatine and Nelliston were among the communities that reported sewage overflow discharges into the Mohawk or Hudson rivers on Thursday because of storm water overwhelming their collection systems, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation notifications.

After-school high school sports were cancelled in many school districts because of the weather.

The weather service was predicting at least some sun to return on Friday, and a tranquil weekend.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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