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July 24, 2012

Storm smacks region

PLATTSBURGH — A powerful thunderstorm downed power lines and trees in Clinton and Franklin counties Monday evening.

Just after 8:45 p.m., New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported 2,149 customers without power in Clinton County and 346 in Franklin County.

“Everybody was hit pretty hard,” from Ellenberg to Peru, Clinton County Fire Control dispatcher Priscilla Alban said.

Luckily there were no injuries called in to her dispatch area, Alban said.

Calls began pouring in at about 6:20 p.m. One reported a wildfire near 1109 Route 3 in Morrisonville and another about a truck hitting a power pole, caught by downed wires on Carbide Road in Plattsburgh.  

Near the intersection of Military Turnpike and Carbide Road, a telephone pole struck by lightning landed on a vehicle, according to a scanner report from Clinton County Emergency Dispatch.

Trees were tangled in power lines on River Street in Morrisonville and in Lyon Mountain.

Wind gusts of 63 mph were reported in Malone and in Whippleville gusts reached 70 mph a few minutes before 6 p.m., National Weather Service Meterologist Andrew Loconto said from Burlington.

The storm moved at about 40 mph through the region and by about 7:15 p.m., the worst of it had moved east into Vermont. A thunderstorm watch remained in effect in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Less severe storm activity blew through the region for the following hour but most of the worst damage had already been done. 

Loconto said the storm came from Ontario and Quebec.

Franklin County Fire Control reported that the worst damage from the storm was in the Village of Malone, with many trees and power lines down.

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.

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