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July 12, 2013

Sudden storm knocks out power

BOMBAY — A brief but powerful thunderstorm swept through the region Wednesday night, taking down trees and cutting power, mostly in northern Franklin County.

In Bombay, a downed tree temporarily blocked the CXS railroad crossing on County Road 2, and another blocked Route 95 for a short time.


No one was injured, but plenty of limbs and branches came down across the area as a heavy downpour and gusting winds moved in about 8:40 p.m., said Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost.

“Bombay, Fort Covington, Westville and Constable got it,” he said. “Between the four departments, they had about 15 calls.

“There was power out, but most of it had been restored by this morning.”

As of 11:30 a.m., 140 National Grid customers were still without power in the Harrietstown/Tupper Lake area.

Both Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish and Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said their offices received no reports of damaging winds or other weather-related incidents.


Any major weather event can put emergency-services officials, town leaders and volunteers on edge. But that feeling is especially keen in the Fort Covington area, which is still recovering from severe flooding last month.

“I was on my knees (praying) when it came through,” laughed Fort Covington Highway Superintendent Gerard Leroux when asked about Wednesday’s storm.

“It went more to the west of us. There were a couple of trees down on a few back roads, but it missed most of us,” he said. “We had very little damage.”


Bombay Fire Chief Mike Dufrane said volunteers rushed to Townsend Road at the height of the storm to remove a tree that had fallen across the CSX rail line.

“Our priority was getting that tree out of there,” he said. “We were ready to call (the company) if necessary to let them know, but that was our priority, and Route 95.

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