Freak July storm rips through Yonkers

Thousands of people were without power Wednesday after a wicked storm hit Westchester overnight, downing trees and power lines across the region.

The National Weather Service has officially categorized the storm as a downburst, with straight-line winds and hail. Residents in Yonkers had initially feared the powerful storm was a tornado.

Early Wednesday morning Con Edison reported that close to 21,000 customers were without electricity. By late Wednesday, the number of customers without power dropped significantly. Con Edison says nearly 300 employees and contractors were working to restore power.

For more coverage of the storm in Yonkers, click NEXT on the video player.

To watch Chopper 12 footage of the storm damage in Yonkers, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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Con Edison Outage Map

Yonkers Storm Press Release

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