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July 12, 2013

Sudden storm knocks out power

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“A tree was blocking the road there, but the highway crew came with a loader and pushed it out of there, so the road was only blocked about 15 minutes,” Durant said.

He said another tree was brought down by the storm at 1600 Route 95, but luckily it was the branches, rather than the thick tree trunk, that grazed the house.

National Grid crews were to inspect the house to make sure there was no damage to the home’s electrical lines.

“We got really lucky for the amount of wind and rain we had,” the chief said. “We were lucky.”

MORE MOISTURE

National Weather Service observer Dave Werner said the Malone area saw more than three-quarters of an inch of rain the 24-hour period between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

The total rainfall for July is already 2.3 inches, compared to the historically normal rainfall for this time of year at 1.55 inches.

“And what’s really interesting is since January, the precipitation we’ve had, including melted snow, is 22.66 inches versus 17.77 inches last year,” Werner said.

He said the highest wind gust he recorded Wednesday was 38 mph.

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