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June 27, 2013

Lightning strikes twice; more bad weather ahead

PLATTSBURGH — Two lightning strikes knocked out Mountain Lake PBS’s facilities on Lyon Mountain in recent storms.

The first, on Tuesday night, hit the public-television transmitter site there, killing the broadcast signal.

At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, lightning struck and set fire to the transformers that power the broadcast tower at the same location.

HEAVY RAIN

Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall struck the North Country on Tuesday, when responders dealt with and closed flooded roads around Clinton County.

On Wednesday, storm-tossed trees weighed down power lines at various spots, including on Route 9 near the border between the towns of Chazy and Champlain and another in Morrisonville.

Heavy rain fell through the morning in some areas; minor flooding closed Corlear Bay Road in Chesterfield and Whallon’s Bay Road in Essex in late afternoon.

No flooding was reported in Clinton or Franklin counties, but a washed-out water main caused the Clinton County Health Department to declare a boil-water order for Village of Dannemora Water District users from the intersection of Cook and Mountain View streets west on Cook Street. 

Wednesday morning, vehicles moving along the west lane of North Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh sent up huge spray as they moved through a lot of water, but officials weren’t concerned that the situation would escalate to the kind of flooding that shut down that stretch in May 2011.

And the Saranac River was not threatening to overflow its banks, City Police Sgt. Ken Parkinson said.

MORE ROUGH WEATHER

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, roads that remained closed in Clinton County were True Brook Road in Saranac, Chazy Lake Road in Ellenburg Depot, Corlear Bay Road in Keeseville and Guide Board Road in Schuyler Falls, according to Clinton County Dispatch.

Guide Board Road reopened shortly after 3:30 p.m.

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